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Active contour method for ILM segmentation in ONH volume scans in retinal OCT

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Item Type:Article
Title:Active contour method for ILM segmentation in ONH volume scans in retinal OCT
Creators Name:Gawlik, K. and Hausser, F. and Paul, F. and Brandt, A.U. and Kadas, E.M.
Abstract:The optic nerve head (ONH) is affected by many neurodegenerative and autoimmune inflammatory conditions. Optical coherence tomography can acquire high-resolution 3D ONH scans. However, the ONH’s complex anatomy and pathology make image segmentation challenging. This paper proposes a robust approach to segment the inner limiting membrane (ILM) in ONH volume scans based on an active contour method of Chan-Vese type, which can work in challenging topological structures. A local intensity fitting energy is added in order to handle very inhomogeneous image intensities. A suitable boundary potential is introduced to avoid structures belonging to outer retinal layers being detected as part of the segmentation. The average intensities in the inner and outer region are then rescaled locally to account for different brightness values occurring among the ONH center. The appropriate values for the parameters used in the complex computational model are found using an optimization based on the differential evolution algorithm. The evaluation of results showed that the proposed framework significantly improved segmentation results compared to the commercial solution.
Keywords:Optical Coherence Tomography, Layer Segmentation, SD-OCT, Automated Segmentation, Multiple Sclerosis, Domain, Disc, Cup, Pathology, Membrane
Source:Biomedical Optics Express
ISSN:2156-7085
Publisher:Optical Society of America (U.S.A.)
Volume:9
Number:12
Page Range:6497
Date:1 December 2018
Additional Information:Copyright © 2018 Optical Society of America
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1364/BOE.9.006497

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