Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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A. Stefanoiu, A. Weinmann, M. Storath, N. Navab, M. Baust
Joint Segmentation and Shape Regularization with a Generalized Forward Backward Algorithm
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP), IEEE, 2016. (bib)

This paper presents a method for the simultaneous segmentation and regularization of a series of shapes from a corresponding sequence of images. Such series arise as time series of 2D images when considering video data, or as stacks of 2D images obtained by slicewise tomographic reconstruction. We first derive a model where the regularization of the shape signal is achieved by a total variation prior on the shape manifold. The method employs a modified Kendall shape space to facilitate explicit computations together with the concept of Sobolev gradients. For the proposed model, we derive an efficient computational scheme. We provide a splitting of the model which is computationally accessible. Using a generalized forward-backward scheme, our algorithm treats the TV atoms of the splitting by using the concept of proximal mappings, whereas the data terms are dealt with by using gradient descent. The potential of the proposed method is demonstrated on various application examples dealing with 3D data. We explain how to extend the proposed combined approach to shape fields which, for instance, arise in the context of 3D+t imaging modalities, and show an application in this setup as well.
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