Airway Segmentation


The airways comprise the hierarchical tubular structure that leads the air into the lungs, namely the trachea and the bronchi. A well know challenge in the pulmonology field is the automatic segmentation of the airways from tomographic images. We have developed a region growing algorithm in which the segmentation is iteratively bounded by cylinders. These cylinders limit the expansion of leaks, a common problem with region growing, and make them more easily detectable through the use of anatomical information about the airways.

R. Pinho, J. Sijbers, and W. Vos, "Efficient approaches to intrathoracic airway tree segmentations", Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering IEEE/EMBS Benelux Symposium, vol. 2, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 151-154, December, 2006.
R. Pinho, S. Luyckx, and J. Sijbers, "Robust Region Growing Based Intrathoracic Airway Tree Segmentation", Proceedings of 2nd International Workshop on Pulmonary Image Analysis, pp. 261-271, September, 2009.
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