Topologically Correct Extraction of the Cortical Surface of a Brain Using Level-Set Methods

Stephan Bischoff, Leif Kobbelt
Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin (2004), 50-54

In this paper we present a level-set framework for accurate and efficient extraction of the surface of a brain from MRI data. To prevent the so-called partial volume effect we use a topology preserving model that ensures the correct topology of the surface at all times during the reconstruction process. We also describe improvements that enhance its stability, accuracy and efficiency. The resulting reconstruction can then be used in downstream applications where we in particular focus on the problem of accurately measuring geodesic distances on the surface.

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