Confidence-guided sequential label fusion for multi-atlas based segmentation

Daoqiang Zhang, Guorong Wu, Hongjun Jia, Dinggang Shen

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Label fusion is a key step in multi-atlas based segmentation, which combines labels from multiple atlases to make the final decision. However, most of the current label fusion methods consider each voxel equally and independently during label fusion. In our point of view, however, different voxels act different roles in the way that some voxels might have much higher confidence in label determination than others, i.e., because of their better alignment across all registered atlases. In light of this, we propose a sequential label fusion framework for multi-atlas based image segmentation by hierarchically using the voxels with high confidence to guide the labeling procedure of other challenging voxels (whose registration results among deformed atlases are not good enough) to afford more accurate label fusion. Specifically, we first measure the corresponding labeling confidence for each voxel based on the k-nearest-neighbor rule, and then perform label fusion sequentially according to the estimated labeling confidence on each voxel. In particular, for each label fusion process, we use not only the propagated labels from atlases, but also the estimated labels from the neighboring voxels with higher labeling confidence. We demonstrate the advantage of our method by deploying it to the two popular label fusion algorithms, i.e., majority voting and local weighted voting. Experimental results show that our sequential label fusion method can consistently improve the performance of both algorithms in terms of segmentation/labeling accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2011 - 14th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages8
EditionPART 3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event14th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2011 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 2011 Sept 182011 Sept 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 3
Volume6893 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other14th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2011
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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