Neurovascular extraction

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Project Team

  • Dr. Francis Quek Professor, Center for HCI
  • Dr. Fady Charbel Neurosurgeon
  • Cemil Kirbas Ph.D. Student - Graduated
  • Xiaoyun Gong M.S. Student - Graduated

Note: This is a past project that is currently dormant

Brief Description

Wave propagation to extract the Right Carotid Artery from an Angiogram

In this research, we work with neurosurgeons on the extraction of neurovasculature in 2D and 3D angiograms for surgery planning. We employ a wave-propagation technique that models pixels or voxels are modeled as a medium through which a simulated wave may propagate.The likelihood that a pixel or voxel belongs inside blood vessels is modeled as a reflective index of the medium. Hence, by simply hitting the vascular image with a wave, we can extract the entire vessel tree. The structure is determined by simply tracing the wave back from each distal point in the propagated wave along the normals of the wavefronts.

The figure shows a wave propagated through a typically noisy angiogram to extract the Right Carotid Artery.

Publications

  • Kirbas, C. and Quek, F. “A Review of Vessel Extraction Techniques and Algorithms,” ACM Computing Surveys, Vol 36, No 2, pp 81-121, June 2005.
  • Kirbas, C., and Quek, F., “Vessel Extraction Techniques and Algorithms: A Survey,” IEEE Conference Bio-Informatics and Bio-Engineering (BIBE), 2003, pp. 238-245.
  • Kirbas, C., and Quek, F., “Vessel Extraction in Medical Images by 3D Wave Propagation and Traceback,” IEEE Conference Bio-Informatics and Bio-Engineering (BIBE), 2003, pp. 174-181.
  • Kirbas, C., and Quek, F., “3D Wave Propagation and Traceback in Vascular Extraction”, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and IEEE Biomedical Engineering Society, Houston, TX, October 23-26, 2002.
  • Quek, F. and Cemil Kirbas, C., “Vessel Extraction in Medical Images by Wave Propagation and Traceback,” IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol. 20, No. 2, pp 117-131, February 2001.
  • Quek, F.K.H., Kirbas, C., and Gong, X., “Simulated Wave Propagation and Traceback in Vascular Extraction,” Proceedings of the IEEE Medical Imaging and Augmented Reality 2001 Conference, Hong Kong, June 10-12, pp. 229-234.

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Whittaker Foundation: “Extraction and Registration of the Neurovascular Scaffold in Multimodal Images,” Whitaker-96-0458