Semi-automatic delineation of the spino-laminar junction curve on lateral X-ray radiographs of the cervical spine

Narang, B., Phillips, M.L., Knapp, K., Appelboam, A., Reuben, A. & Slabaugh, G.G. (2015). Semi-automatic delineation of the spino-laminar junction curve on lateral X-ray radiographs of the cervical spine. Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 9413, 94132P. doi: 10.1117/12.2082036

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Abstract

Assessment of the cervical spine using X-ray radiography is an important task when providing emergency room care to trauma patients suspected of a cervical spine injury. In routine clinical practice, a physician will inspect the alignment of the cervical spine vertebrae by mentally tracing three alignment curves along the anterior and posterior sides of the cervical vertebral bodies, as well as one along the spinolaminar junction. In this paper, we propose an algorithm to semi-automatically delineate the spinolaminar junction curve, given a single reference point and the corners of each vertebral body. From the reference point, our method extracts a region of interest, and performs template matching using normalized cross-correlation to find matching regions along the spinolaminar junction. Matching points are then fit to a third order spline, producing an interpolating curve. Experimental results demonstrate promising results, on average producing a modified Hausdorff distance of 1.8 mm, validated on a dataset consisting of 29 patients including those with degenerative change, retrolisthesis, and fracture.

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Additional Information: Narang, B., Phillips, M.L., Knapp, K., Appelboam, A., Reuben, A. & Slabaugh, G.G. "Semi-automatic delineation of the spino-laminar junction curve on lateral X-ray radiographs of the cervical spine." Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 9413, 94132P. (Mar 20 2015). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2082036 Copyright 2015 Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this publication for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the contents of the publication are prohibited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cervical spine injuries, Normalized cross-correlation, Pattern recognition, Spinolaminar junction
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Computing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17434

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