Detection of microspheres in venules for automated particle image velocimetry

Gang Dong, Edward Damiano, Michael L. Smith, Scott T. Acton, Klaus Ley

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In this paper, we propose an automatic approach for detecting particle tracers (microspheres) in microscopic imagery obtained from mouse cremaster venules in vivo. Measurements of the translational speed and radial position of individual microspheres provide the input data needed to extract velocity profiles from steady blood flow in venules. These profiles provide information about local hemodynamics that is critical to a broad range of fields in microvascular physiology, including endothelial-cell mechanotransduction, inflammation, and microvascular resistance. In the preprocessing stage, an active contour method based on dynamic programming is used for vessel region extraction. Each microsphere is then identified using a process of coarse segmentation followed by verification. Segmentation is achieved using a morphological method for microsphere detection while verification is achieved using an analytical model tailored to the microsphere. Experimental results are obtained using the proposed scheme and compared with previously published manually acquired data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-395
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2004 - Bethesda, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2004Jun 25 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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