Automatic Detection of the Carotid Artery Location from Volumetric Ultrasound Images Using Anatomical Position-Dependent LBP Features

Fumi KAWAI  Satoshi KONDO  Keisuke HAYATA  Jun OHMIYA  Kiyoko ISHIKAWA  Masahiro YAMAMOTO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E98-D    No.7    pp.1353-1364
Publication Date: 2015/07/01
Publicized: 2015/04/13
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2014EDP7359
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image Recognition, Computer Vision
ultrasound,  carotid artery,  detection,  support vector machine,  local binary patterns,  

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We propose a fully automatic method for detecting the carotid artery from volumetric ultrasound images as a preprocessing stage for building three-dimensional images of the structure of the carotid artery. The proposed detector utilizes support vector machine classifiers to discriminate between carotid artery images and non-carotid artery images using two kinds of LBP-based features. The detector switches between these features depending on the anatomical position along the carotid artery. We evaluate our proposed method using actual clinical cases. Accuracies of detection are 100%, 87.5% and 68.8% for the common carotid artery, internal carotid artery, and external carotid artery sections, respectively.