Robust pulmonary lobe segmentation against incomplete fissures

Suicheng Gu, Qingfeng Zheng, Jill Siegfried, Jiantao Pu

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As important anatomical landmarks of the human lung, accurate lobe segmentation may be useful for characterizing specific lung diseases (e.g., inflammatory, granulomatous, and neoplastic diseases). A number of investigations showed that pulmonary fissures were often incomplete in image depiction, thereby leading to the computerized identification of individual lobes a challenging task. Our purpose is to develop a fully automated algorithm for accurate identification of individual lobes regardless of the integrity of pulmonary fissures. The underlying idea of the developed lobe segmentation scheme is to use piecewise planes to approximate the detected fissures. After a rotation and a global smoothing, a number of small planes were fitted using local fissures points. The local surfaces are finally combined for lobe segmentation using a quadratic B-spline weighting strategy to assure that the segmentation is smooth. The performance of the developed scheme was assessed by comparing with a manually created reference standard on a dataset of 30 lung CT examinations. These examinations covered a number of lung diseases and were selected from a large chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) dataset. The results indicate that our scheme of lobe segmentation is efficient and accurate against incomplete fissures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2012
Subtitle of host publicationComputer-Aided Diagnosis
StatePublished - 2012
EventMedical Imaging 2012: Computer-Aided Diagnosis - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 7 2012Feb 9 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2012: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • B-spline fitting
  • Computer aided diagnosis
  • Piecewise fitting
  • Pulmonary lobe segmentation


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