Computer assisted human follicle analysis for fertility prospects with 3D ultrasound

B.M. Haar Romenij, ter, B.M. Titulaer, S. Kalitzin, G. Scheffer, F. Broekmans, J.J. Staal, E. Velde, te

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Knowledge about the status of the female reproductive system is important for fertility problems and age-related family planning. The volume of these fertility requests in our emancipated society is steadily increasing. Intravaginal 3D ultrasound imaging of the follicles in the ovary gives important information about the ovarian aging, i.e. number of follicles, size, position and response to hormonal stimulation. Manual analysis of the many follicles is laborious and error-prone. We present a multiscale analysis to automatically detect and quantify the number and shape of the patient’s follicles. Robust estimation of the centres of the follicles in the speckled echographic images is done by calculating so-called winding number of the intensity singularity, i.e. the path integral of the angular increment of the direction of the gradient vector over a closed neighbourhood around the point. The principal edges on 200–500 intensity traces radiating from the detected singularity points are calculated by a multiscale edge focussing technique on 1D winding numbers. They are fitted with 3D spherical harmonic functions, from which the volume and shape parameters are derived.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelInformation processing in medical imaging : 16th International Conference, IPMI'99, Visegrád, Hungary, June 28 - July 2, 1999 ; proceedings
RedacteurenA. Kuba, M. Samal, A. Todd-Popkropek
Plaats van productieBerlin
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-540-66167-2
StatusGepubliceerd - 1999

Publicatie series

NaamLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN van geprinte versie0302-9743


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