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BioMedical Engineering OnLine

, 10:81

First Online: 13 September 2011Received: 16 June 2011Accepted: 13 September 2011


BackgroundThe extraction of brain tissue from magnetic resonance head images, is an important image processing step for the analyses of neuroimage data. The authors have developed an automated and simple brain extraction method using an improved geometric active contour model.

MethodsThe method uses an improved geometric active contour model which can not only solve the boundary leakage problem but also is less sensitive to intensity inhomogeneity. The method defines the initial function as a binary level set function to improve computational efficiency. The method is applied to both our data and Internet brain MR data provided by the Internet Brain Segmentation Repository.

ResultsThe results obtained from our method are compared with manual segmentation results using multiple indices. In addition, the method is compared to two popular methods, Brain extraction tool and Model-based Level Set.

ConclusionsThe proposed method can provide automated and accurate brain extraction result with high efficiency.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1475-925X-10-81 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Haiyan Zhang, Jiafeng Liu, Zixin Zhu contributed equally to this work.

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Author: Haiyan Zhang - Jiafeng Liu - Zixin Zhu - Haiyun Li


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