Bone Segmentation on X-ray

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Bone Segmentation on X-ray

Post by pawelekarcz »

Hi everyone,

I'm kind a stuck with one thing. I hope that somebody will give me a hint about the direction that I should go. So here is a thing. I have a fluoroscopy video of Cervical Vertebra from which I need to extract vertebras and its motion. This is how it looks like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0cKhkJk30A

Let me show you what I've already tried. Let's say that this is the starting frame of the movie.
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At the beggining I've decided that system will be semi automaticly so I cut a square around every vertebra like this
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and I've tried some edge filtering. You can see below the results for the best thresholds. From the top left: Sobel, Canny, Roberts, Prewitt, Log, Zero Crossing.
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after that I've tried Hough transform for line and parabola
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But I've noticed that It doesn't give any satisfactionary results. Although the algorithm found some lines or parabola I still don't see how can I solve this problem. I know that Active Shape Model could give good results but I am afraid that it will take a lot of computation time. Could you help me and give me a hint in which direction shoud I go? There already are some informations in net how to do that like this: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijbi/2011/621905/ but those people work on better image quality and the segmentation gives a totally different results. Help guys.

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