A new method to pre-segment images by means of a hierarchical description is proposed. This description is obtained from an investigation of the deep structure of a scale space
image – the input image and the Gaussian filtered ones simultaneously. We concentrate on scale space critical points – points with vanishing gradient with respect to both spatial
and scale direction. We show that these points are always saddle points. They turn out to be extremely useful, since the iso-intensity manifolds through these points provide a
scale space hierarchy tree and induce a segmentation without a priori knowledge. Moreover, together with the socalled catastrophe points, these scale space saddles form
the critical points of the parameterised critical curves – the curves along which the spatial saddle points move in scale space. Experimental results with respect to the hierarchy
and segmentation are given, based on artificial images and real MRI.
|Place of Publication||Utrecht|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|