Shape priors for segmentation of the cervix region within Uterine Cervix images

Shelly Lotenberg, Shiri Gordon, Hayit Greenspan

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The work focuses on a unique medical repository of digital Uterine Cervix images ("Cervigrams") collected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Health, in longitudinal multi-year studies. NCI together with the National Library of Medicine is developing a unique web-based database of the digitized cervix images to study the evolution of lesions related to cervical cancer. Tools are needed for the automated analysis of the cervigram content to support the cancer research. In recent works, a multi-stage automated system for segmenting and labeling regions of medical and anatomical interest within the cervigrams was developed. The current paper concentrates on incorporating prior-shape information in the cervix region segmentation task. In accordance with the fact that human experts mark the cervix region as circular or elliptical, two shape models (and corresponding methods) are suggested. The shape models are embedded within an active contour framework that relies on image features. Experiments indicate that incorporation of the prior shape information augments previous results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2008
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
StatePublished - 19 May 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2008: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 17 Feb 200819 Feb 2008

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMedical Imaging 2008: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Active contour
  • Cervical cancer
  • Image segmentation and indexing
  • Level set function
  • Shape-prior
  • Uterine cervix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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