Fast lung nodule detection in chest CT images using cylindrical nodule-enhancement filter

Atsushi Teramoto, Hiroshi Fujita

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Purpose: Existing computer-aided detection schemes for lung nodule detection require a large number of calculations and tens of minutes per case; there is a large gap between image acquisition time and nodule detection time. In this study, we propose a fast detection scheme of lung nodule in chest CT images using cylindrical nodule-enhancement filter with the aim of improving the workflow for diagnosis in CT examinations. Methods: Proposed detection scheme involves segmentation of the lung region, preprocessing, nodule enhancement, further segmentation, and false-positive (FP) reduction. As a nodule enhancement, our method employs a cylindrical shape filter to reduce the number of calculations. False positives (FPs) in nodule candidates are reduced using support vector machine and seven types of characteristic parameters. Results: The detection performance and speed were evaluated experimentally using Lung Image Database Consortium publicly available image database. A 5-fold cross-validation result demonstrates that our method correctly detects 80 % of nodules with 4.2 FPs per case, and detection speed of proposed method is also 4-36 times faster than existing methods. Conclusion: Detection performance and speed indicate that our method may be useful for fast detection of lung nodules in CT images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-205
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 03-2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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