Stepwise local stitching ultrasound image algorithms based on adaptive iterative threshold Harris corner features

Bladder Cancer

Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Sep 11;99(37):e22189. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000022189.


Herein, a Harris corner detection algorithm is proposed based on the concepts of iterated threshold segmentation and adaptive iterative threshold (AIT-Harris), and a stepwise local stitching algorithm is used to obtain wide-field ultrasound (US) images.Cone-beam computer tomography (CBCT) and US images from 9 cervical cancer patients and 1 prostate cancer patient were examined. In the experiment, corner features were extracted based on the AIT-Harris, Harris, and Morave algorithms. Accordingly,

wide-field ultrasonic images were obtained based on the extracted features after local stitching, and the corner matching rates of all tested algorithms were compared. The accuracies of the drawn contours of organs at risk (OARs) were compared based on the stitched ultrasonic images and CBCT.The corner matching rate of the Morave algorithm was compared with those obtained by the Harris and AIT-Harris algorithms, and paired sample t tests were conducted (t = 6.142, t = 31.859, P < .05). The results showed that the differences were statistically significant. The average Dice similarity coefficient between the automatically delineated bladder region based on wide-field US images and the manually delineated bladder region based on ground truth CBCT images was 0.924, and the average Jaccard coefficient was 0.894.The proposed algorithm improved the accuracy of corner detection, and the stitched wide-field US image could modify the delineation range of OARs in the pelvic cavity.