Unbiased vessel-diameter quantification based on the FWHM criterion

H. Bouma, J. Olivan Bescos, A. Vilanova, F.A. Gerritsen

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The full-width at half-max (FWHM) criterion is often used for both manual and automatic quantification of the vessel diameter in medical images. The FWHM criterion is easy to understand and it can be implemented with low computational cost. However, it is well known that the FWHM criterion can give an over- and underestimation of the vessel diameter. In this paper, we propose a simple and original method to create an unbiased estimation of the vessel diameter based on the FWHM criterion and we compared the robustness to noise of several edge detectors. The quantitative results of our experiments show that the proposed method is accurate and precise in comparison to other (more complex) edge detectors, even for small vessels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing, 18-20 February 2007, San Diego, California, USA
EditorsK.R. Cleary, M.I. Miga
Place of PublicationBellingham
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-6630-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 Medical Imaging : Image Provessing - San Diego, United States
Duration: 17 Feb 200722 Feb 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Conference2007 Medical Imaging : Image Provessing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Other"Image Processing" / "Visualization and Image-Guided Procedures"


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