A gray-level thinning method for delineation and representation of arteries

Thomas E. Dufresne, Alok Sarwal, Atam P. Dhawan

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The quantification of three dimensional (3D) properties of coronary arteries is of significant importance. The performance of the 3D analysis is critically based on low-level representation of the arterial tree for different projections. A skeletal representation of arteries can provide appropriate data structure for registration of multiple angiographic projections and it can be further utilized for 3D reconstruction of the arterial tree. This paper presents anaautomated method for extracting the skeletal points of an arterial tree directly from the gray-level information without determining the edges a priori. It offers the advantage of improved reliability compared to methods based on detecting dual edges of the arteries. Novel application of filtering techniques provide accurate estimates of the statistics of the background. A recursive search scheme is used to aggregate the skeletal representation at multiple resolutions. Results on a set of Digitally Subtracted Angiograms (DSA) have been presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-355
Number of pages13
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


  • Angiogram
  • Delineation
  • Multiple resolution
  • Statistics


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