Fully automatic prostate segmentation from transrectal ultrasound images based on radial bas-relief initialization and slice-based propagation.

Prostate segmentation from transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) images plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment planning of prostate cancer. In this paper, a fully automatic slice-based segmentation method was developed to segment TRUS prostate images. The initial prostate contour was determined using a novel method based on the radial bas-relief (RBR) method, and a false edge removal algorithm proposed here in. 2D slice-based propagation was used in which the contour on each image slice was deformed using a level-set evolution model, which was driven by edge-based and region-based energy fields generated by dyadic wavelet transform. The optimized contour on an image slice propagated to the adjacent slice, and subsequently deformed using the level-set model. The propagation continued until all image slices were segmented. To determine the initial slice where the propagation began, the initial prostate contour was deformed individually on each transverse image. A method was developed to self-assess the accuracy of the deformed contour based on the average image intensity inside and outside of the contour. The transverse image on which highest accuracy was attained was chosen to be the initial slice for the propagation process. Evaluation was performed for 336 transverse images from 15 prostates that include images acquired at mid-gland, base and apex regions of the prostates. The average mean absolute difference (MAD) between algorithm and manual segmentations was 0.79±0.26mm, which is comparable to results produced by previously published semi-automatic segmentation methods. Statistical evaluation shows that accurate segmentation was not only obtained at the mid-gland, but also at the base and apex regions.

Computers in biology and medicine. 2016 May 12 [Epub ahead of print]

Yanyan Yu, Yimin Chen, Bernard Chiu

Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China., Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China., Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. Electronic address: .

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