Multi-object spring level sets (MUSCLE)

Blake C. Lucas, Michael Kazhdan, Russell H. Taylor

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

7 Scopus citations


A new data structure is presented for geometrically modeling multi-objects. The model can exhibit elastic and fluid-like behavior to enable interpretability between tasks that require both deformable registration and active contour segmentation. The data structure consists of a label mask, distance field, and springls (a constellation of disconnected triangles). The representation has sub-voxel precision, is parametric, re-meshes, tracks point correspondences, and guarantees no self-intersections, air-gaps, or overlaps between adjacent structures. In this work, we show how to apply existing registration algorithms and active contour segmentation to the data structure; and as a demonstration, the data structure is used to segment cortical and subcortical structures (74 total) in the human brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI2012 - 15th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsNicholas Ayache, Herve Delingette, Polina Golland, Kensaku Mori
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783642334146
StatePublished - 2012
Event15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2012 - Nice, France
Duration: Oct 1 2012Oct 5 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7510 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2012


  • Active contour
  • Level set
  • Mesh
  • Registration
  • Segmentation
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Multi-object spring level sets (MUSCLE)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this