Application of a Mamdani-type fuzzy rule-based system to segment periventricular cerebral veins in susceptibility-weighted images
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This paper presents an algorithm designed to segment veins in the periventricular region of the brain in susceptibility-weighted magnetic resonance images. The proposed algorithm is based on a Mamdani-type fuzzy rule-based system that enables enhancement of veins within periventricular regions of interest as the first step. Segmentation is achieved after determining the cut-off value providing the best trade-off between sensitivity and specificity to establish the suitability of each pixel to belong to a cerebral vein. Performance of the algorithm in susceptibility-weighted images acquired in healthy volunteers showed very good segmentation, with a small number of false positives. The results were not affected by small changes in the size and location of the regions of interest. The algorithm also enabled detection of differences in the visibility of periventricular veins between healthy subjects and multiple sclerosis patients. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.
CitationAymerich, F.X., Sobrevilla, P., Montseny, E., Rovira, A. Application of a Mamdani-type fuzzy rule-based system to segment periventricular cerebral veins in susceptibility-weighted images. A: International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems. "16th International Conference on Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge-Based Systems, IPMU 2016: proceedings book". Eindhoven: Springer, 2016, p. 612-623.