Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Computational Modeling & Simulation Engineering
Modeling and Simulation
Michel A. Audette
Frederic D. McKenzie
Stacie I. Ringleb
This research proposes to develop a knowledge-based multi-surface simplex deformable model for segmentation of healthy as well as pathological lumbar spine data. It aims to provide a more accurate and robust segmentation scheme for identification of intervertebral disc pathologies to assist with spine surgery planning. A robust technique that combines multi-surface and shape statistics-aware variants of the deformable simplex model is presented. Statistical shape variation within the dataset has been captured by application of principal component analysis and incorporated during the segmentation process to refine results. In the case where shape statistics hinder detection of the pathological region, user-assistance is allowed to disable the prior shape influence during deformation. Results have been validated against user-assisted expert segmentation.
"Multi-Surface Simplex Spine Segmentation for Spine Surgery Simulation and Planning"
(2015). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Computational Modeling & Simulation Engineering, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/93jp-zw72
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