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

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IJIGSP Vol.8, No.7, Jul. 2016

A Novel Skull Stripping and Enhancement Algorithm for the Improved Brain Tumor Segmentation using Mathematical Morphology

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Benson C. C., Lajish V. L., Kumar Rajamani

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Contrast Enhancement;Skull Stripping;Mathematical Morphology;Erosion; Dilation


Human brain is a complex system, made up of neurons and glial cells. Nothing in the universe can compare with the functioning of human brain. Due to its complex nature, the diseases affected on the brain is also very complex in nature. Brain imaging is the widely used method for the diagnosing of such deceases. Brain tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a commonly used modality for detecting the brain diseases. In this work we proposed a novel method for the preprocessing of MR brain images for the improved segmentation of brain tumor based on mathematical morphology operations. The first part of this paper proposes an efficient method for the skull stripping of brain MR images based on mathematical morphology. One of the main disadvantages of MRI technology is its low contrast. The second part of this paper implements an algorithm for the contrast enhancement of MR brain images using morphological operations. The output of this algorithms are evaluated using standard measures. The experimental part shows that the proposed method produces very prominent and efficient results.

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Benson C. C., Lajish V. L., Kumar Rajamani,"A Novel Skull Stripping and Enhancement Algorithm for the Improved Brain Tumor Segmentation using Mathematical Morphology", International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP), Vol.8, No.7, pp.59-66, 2016.DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2016.07.07


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