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Title: Centerline extraction of vasculature mesh
Authors: Wei, MQ
Wang, Q
Li, YC
Pang, WM
Liang, LM
Wang, J
Wong, KKL
Abbott, D
Qin, J 
Wu, JH
Keywords: Vasculature mesh
Centerline extraction
Rotational symmetry axis
Vasculature segmentation
Discrete geometry processing
Interventional radiology simulation
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Source: IEEE access, 2018, v. 6, p. 10257-10268 How to cite?
Journal: IEEE access 
Abstract: Mesh representation of vasculature is fundamental to many medical applications. The bene fit is a clean and tidy appearance in terms of visualization, as well as the possibility of applying computer-assisted intervention and preoperative planning for patients. A vasculature mesh is often reconstructed by iso-surfacing its segmented volume data. Clinicians are usually interested in both the vasculature and its centerline. In this paper, we introduce a mesh centerline extraction approach in the case that volume data are unavailable. The extraction method is inspired by an observation that the vasculature is generally composed of piecewise cylindrical shapes. This observation leads to a conceptually simple but effective strategy to tackle the challenging problem of vasculature centerline extraction, which gracefully combines a branch segmentation scheme and a series of advanced techniques in discrete geometry processing. Our method competes favorably with three state-of-the-art methods in the completeness and accuracy of the extracted centerlines from real human vessels, including the pathological vasculature. Our method also usually leads to maximal and mean extraction errors of less than 1% and 0:5%, respectively.
ISSN: 2169-3536
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2802478
Rights: © 2018 IEEE. Translations and content mining are permitted for academic research only. Personal use is also permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission. See for more information.
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The following publication Wei, M. Q., Wang, Q., Li, Y. C., Pang, W. M., Liang, L. M., Wang, J., … & Wu, J. H. (2018). Centerline extraction of vasculature mesh. IEEE Access, 6, 10257-10268 is available at
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