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Título: Quantitative evaluation of a pulmonary contour segmentation algorithm in X-ray computed tomography images
Autor: Sousa-Santos, B
Ferreira, C
Silva, JS
Teixeira, L
Palavras-chave: Algoritmos
Tomografia Computorizada
Pulmão
Data: 2004
Editora: Elsevier
Citação: Acad Radiol. 2004 Aug;11(8):868-78
Resumo: RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary contour extraction from thoracic x-ray computed tomography images is a mandatory preprocessing step in many automated or semiautomated analysis tasks. This study was conducted to quantitatively assess the performance of a method for pulmonary contour extraction and region identification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The automatically extracted contours were statistically compared with manually drawn pulmonary contours detected by six radiologists on a set of 30 images. Exploratory data analysis, nonparametric statistical tests, and multivariate analysis were used, on the data obtained using several figures of merit, to perform a study of the interobserver variability among the six radiologists and the contour extraction method. The intraobserver variability of two human observers was also studied. RESULTS: In addition to a strong consistency among all of the quality indexes used, a wider interobserver variability was found among the radiologists than the variability of the contour extraction method when compared with each radiologist. The extraction method exhibits a similar behavior (as a pulmonary contour detector), to the six radiologists, for the used image set. CONCLUSION: As an overall result of the application of this evaluation methodology, the consistency and accuracy of the contour extraction method was confirmed to be adequate for most of the quantitative requirements of radiologists. This evaluation methodology could be applied to other scenarios.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.4/18
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