Concurrent segmentation of the prostate on MRI and CT via linked statistical shape models for radiotherapy planning.

TitleConcurrent segmentation of the prostate on MRI and CT via linked statistical shape models for radiotherapy planning.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsChowdhury, N, Toth R, Chappelow J, Kim S, Motwani S, Punekar S, Lin H, Both S, Vapiwala N, Hahn S, Madabhushi A
JournalMedical physics
Date Published2012

Prostate gland segmentation is a critical step in prostate radiotherapy planning, where dose plans are typically formulated on CT. Pretreatment MRI is now beginning to be acquired at several medical centers. Delineation of the prostate on MRI is acknowledged as being significantly simpler to perform, compared to delineation on CT. In this work, the authors present a novel framework for building a linked statistical shape model (LSSM), a statistical shape model (SSM) that links the shape variation of a structure of interest (SOI) across multiple imaging modalities. This framework is particularly relevant in scenarios where accurate boundary delineations of the SOI on one of the modalities may not be readily available, or difficult to obtain, for training a SSM. In this work the authors apply the LSSM in the context of multimodal prostate segmentation for radiotherapy planning, where the prostate is concurrently segmented on MRI and CT.

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