Learning based automatic head detection and measurement from fetal ultrasound images via prior knowledge and imaging parameters

Dong Ni, Yong Yang, Shengli Li, Jing Qin, Shuyuan Ouyang, Tianfu Wang, Pheng Ann Heng

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A novel learning based automatic method is proposed to detect the fetal head for the measurement of head circumference from ultrasound images. We first exploit the AdaBoost learning method to train the classifier on Haar-like features and then, for the first time, we propose to use prior knowledge and online imaging parameters to guide the sliding window based head detection from ultrasound images. This approach can significantly improve both detection rate and speed. The boundary of the head in the localized region is further detected using a local phase based method, which is insensitive to speckle noises and intensity changes in ultrasound images. Finally iterative randomized Hough transform (IRHT) is employed to determine an ellipse on the head contour. Experiments performed on 675 images (500 for classifier training and 175 for measurement) showed that mean-signed-difference between automatic and manual measurements is 2.86 mm (1.6%). The statistical analysis further indicated that there was no significant difference between these two measurements. These results demonstrated the proposed fully automatic framework can be used as a consistent and accurate tool in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBI 2013 - 2013 IEEE 10th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Nano to Macro
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE 10th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2013 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 7 Apr 201311 Apr 2013


Conference2013 IEEE 10th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • AdaBoost
  • Biometry
  • Fetal ultrasound
  • Hough transform
  • Local phase information
  • Prior knowledge and imaging parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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