Simultaneous cortical surface labeling and sulcal curve extraction

Zhen Yang, Aaron Carass, Chen Chen, Jerry L. Prince

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

3 Scopus citations


Automatic labeling of the gyri and sulci on the cortical surface is important for studying cortical morphology and brain functions within populations. A method to simultaneously label gyral regions and extract sulcal curves is proposed. Assuming that the gyral regions parcellate the whole cortical surface into contiguous regions with certain fixed topology, the proposed method labels the subject cortical surface by deformably registering a network of curves that form the boundary of gyral regions to the subject cortical surface. In the registration process, the curves are encouraged to follow the fine details of the sulcal geometry and to observe the shape statistics learned from training data. Using the framework of probabilistic point set registration methods, the proposed algorithm finds the sulcal curve network that maximizes the posterior probability by Expectation-Maximization (EM). The automatic labeling method was evaluated on 15 cortical surfaces using a leave-one-out strategy. Quantitative error analysis is carried out on both labeled regions and major sulcal curves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2012
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
StatePublished - 2012
EventMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2012Feb 9 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Automatic gyral labeling
  • Cortical surface
  • Point set registration
  • Statistical shape model
  • Sulcal curve extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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