Patent Number: 7,043,064

Title: Method for characterizing shapes in medical images

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining and characterizing, which portions or shapes of a medical image correspond to a shape of interest is provided. A candidate shape is obtained after which a visible surface is computed adjacent to this candidate shape. A visible surface includes one or more portions of the medical image that are visible by the candidate shape. Once the visible surface is determined, parameters of the visible surface are computed. Then the method further includes the step of determining whether the candidate shape corresponds to a shape of interest. The method further includes the step of computing features of the candidate shape and/or classifying the candidate shape. The advantage of the computer-implemented method is that it provides a high detection specificity, i.e. reducing false positives, without sacrificing sensitivity of the detection of a shape of interest.

Inventors: Paik; David S. (Palo Alto, CA), Napel; Sandy A. (Menlo Park, CA), Rubin; Geoffrey D. (Woodside, CA), Beaulieu; Christopher F. (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University

International Classification: G06K 9/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018