Pulmonary Dynamics of Anatomical Structures of Interest in 4DCT Images
AbstractThis paper presents an application of the Chan-Vese algorithm for a semi-automatic segmentation of anatomical structures of interest (lungs and lung tumor) in thorax 4DCT images, as well as its threedimensional reconstruction. Segmentations and reconstructions were performed in 10 CT images, which conform an inspiration-expiration cycle. The maximum displacement of the lung tumor was calculated using the reconstructions of the beginning of inspiration, beginning of expiration, and the voxel size information. The proposed method was able to succesfully segment the studied structures regardless of their size and shape. The threedimensional reconstruction allow us to visualize the dynamics of the structures of interest throughout the respiratory cycle. In the near future, we are expecting to be able to have more evidence of the good performance of the proposed segmentation approach, and to have feedback from a clinical expert, giving the fact that the knowledge of anatomical structures characteristics, such as their size and spatial location, may help in the planning of radiotherapy treatments (RT), optimizing the radiation dose to cancer cells and minimizing it in healthy organs. Therefore, the information found in this work maybe of interest for the planning of RT treatments.
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