International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP)

ISSN: 2074-9074 (Print), ISSN: 2074-9082 (Online)

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IJIGSP Vol.4, No.4, May. 2012

Morphological Segmentation of the Spleen From Abdominal CT Images

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Belgherbi. Aicha,Bessaid. Abdelhafid

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CT images,spleen segmentation,anisotropic diffusion filter,morphological filters,the watershed


Organ segmentation is an important step in various medical image applications. Accurate spleen segmentation in abdominal CT images is one of the most important steps for computer aided spleen pathology diagnosis. In this paper, we have proposed a new semi-automatic algorithm for spleen area extraction in abdominal CT images. The algorithm contains several stages. A spleen segmentation method is based on watershed approach. The first, we seek to determine the region of interest by applying the morphological filters such as the geodesic reconstruction to extract the spleen. Secondly, a pre-processing method is employed. In this step, we propose a method for improving the image gradient by applying the spatial filters followed by the morphological filters. Thereafter we proceed to the spleen segmentation by the watershed transform controlled by markers. The new segmentation technique has been evaluated on different CT images, by comparing the semi-automatically detected spleen contour to the spleen boundaries manually traced by an expert. The experimental results are described in the last part in this work. The automated method provides a sensitivity of 95% with specificity of 99% and performs better than other related methods.

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Belgherbi. Aicha,Bessaid. Abdelhafid,"Morphological Segmentation of the Spleen From Abdominal CT Images", IJIGSP, vol.4, no.4, pp.56-62, 2012.


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