Tissue Identification in Ultrasound Images using Rayleigh Local Parameter Estimation (BIBE 2007)

Slides from presentation at BIBE 2007 (Boston)

Abstract: A method to identify different tissues in ultrasound images is presented. Assuming a Rayleigh model for speckle, the different tissues present in the image will be related to the Rayleigh sigma parameter, with different values for each different tissue. The parameter is locally estimated using well known estimation methods for the Rayleigh distribution, such as the Maximum Likelihood estimator. A significant increase in the separability of the different tissues present in the image is then achieved. A subsequent clustering process based on the position of the maxima of the estimator distribution allows the classification of each pixel in a tissue class.

Santiago Aja Fernández