Performance evaluation of an automatic MGRF-based lung segmentation approach


The segmentation of the lung tissues in chest Computed Tomography (CT) images is an important step for developing any Computer-Aided Diagnostic (CAD) system for lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases. In this paper, we introduce a new framework for validating the accuracy of our developed Joint Markov-Gibbs based lung segmentation approach using 3D realistic synthetic phantoms. These phantoms are created using a 3D Generalized Gauss-Markov Random Field (GGMRF) model of voxel intensities with pairwise interaction to model the 3D appearance of the lung tissues. Then, the appearance of the generated 3D phantoms is simulated based on iterative minimization of an energy function that is based on the learned 3D-GGMRF image model. These 3D realistic phantoms can be used to evaluate the performance of any lung segmentation approach. The performance of our segmentation approach is evaluated using three metrics, namely, the Dice Similarity Coefficient (DSC), the modified Hausdorff distance, and the Average Volume Difference (AVD) between our segmentation and the ground truth. Our approach achieves mean values of 0.994±0.003, 8.844±2.495 mm, and 0.784±0.912 mm3, for the DSC, Hausdorff distance, and the AVD, respectively.

In AIP Conference Proceedings