Interactive medical image segmentation with united snakes

Jianming Liang, Tim McInerney, Demetri Terzopoulos

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

15 Scopus citations


Snakes have become a standard image analysis technique with several variants now in common use. We have developed a software package called “United Snakes”. It unifies the most important snake variants, including finite difference, B-spline, and Hermite polynomial snakes, within the framework of a general finite element formulation with a choice of shape functions. Furthermore, we have incorporated into united snakes a recently proposed snake-like technique known as “livewire”, via a method for imposing hard constraints on snakes. Here, we demonstrate that the combination of techniques in united snakes yields generality, accuracy, ease of use, and robustness in several medical image analysis applications, including the segmentation of neuronal dendrites in EM images, dynamic chest image analysis, and the quantification of growth plates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention –MICCAI 1999 - 2nd International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsChris Taylor, Alain Colchester
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)354066503X, 9783540665038
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 1999 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 19 1999Sep 22 1999

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2nd International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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