Automated Delineation of Lung Tumors in PET Images Based on Monotonicity and a Tumor-Customized Criterion

Ballangan, Cherry and Wang, Xiuying and Fulham, Michael and Eberl, Stefan and Yin, Yong and Feng, Dagan (2011) Automated Delineation of Lung Tumors in PET Images Based on Monotonicity and a Tumor-Customized Criterion. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 15 (5). pp. 691-702. ISSN 1089-7771

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    Reliable automated or semi-automated lung tumor delineation methods in positron emission tomography (PET) should provide accurate tumor boundary definition and separation of the lung tumor from surrounding tissue or ‘hot spots’ that have similar intensities to the lung tumor. We propose a tumor-customized downhill (TCD) method to achieve these objectives. Our approach includes: (1) automatic formulation of a tumor-customized criterion to improve tumor boundary definition, (2) a monotonic property of the standardized uptake value (SUV) of tumors to separate the tumor from adjacent regions of increased metabolism (‘hot spot’) and (3) accounts for tumor heterogeneity. Three simulated lesions and thirty PET–CT studies, grouped into ‘simple’ and ‘complex’ groups, were used for evaluation. Our main findings are that TCD, when compared to threshold based on 40% and 50% maximum SUV, adaptive threshold, Fuzzy c-means and watershed techniques achieved the highest Dice’s similarity coefficient (DSC) average for simulation data (0.73) and ‘complex’ group ( 0.71); the least volumetric error in the ‘simple’ (1.76 mL) and the ‘complex’ group (14.59 mL); and TCD solves the problem of leakage into adjacent tissues when many other techniques fail.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Divisions: Faculty of Industrial Technology > Informatics Engineering Department
    Depositing User: Cherry Galatia Ballangan
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2011 11:56
    Last Modified: 01 Oct 2011 11:56
    URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/15242

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