Journal of Computer Science

A NOVEL APPROACH TO DETECT FISSURES IN LUNG CT IMAGES USING MARKER-BASED WATERSHED TRANSFORMATION

K. Devaki and V. Murali Bhaskaran

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2014.896.905

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 10, Issue 6

Pages 896-905

Abstract

Detection and segmentation of fissures is useful in the clinical interpretation of CT lung images to diagnose the presence of pathologies in the human lungs. A new automated method based on marker-based watershed transformation has been proposed to segment the fissures considering its unique structure as a long connected component. Marker based watershed transformation is applied and morphological operations are employed to specify the internal and external markers. The smaller regions in the resulting image are removed by a novel procedure called Small Segment Removal Algorithm (SSRA) to segment the fissures alone. The performance of the method is validated by experimenting with 6 CT image sets. An expert radiologist observation is used as reference to assess the performance. A promising accuracy of 96.61% is shown with the rms error in the range of 0.877±0.224 mm for the left oblique fissure and 0.803±0.262 mm for the right oblique fissure.

Copyright

© 2014 K. Devaki and V. Murali Bhaskaran. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.