Issue Number: Vol. 4, No. 4
Year of Publication: 2014
Page Numbers: 428-437
Authors: Syaiful Anam, Eiji Uchino, Noriaki Suetake
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P001297


This paper proposes a hybrid boundary detection method for image based on a new modified level set method and a fuzzy model. It is applied to a boundary detection problem of coronary plaque. Level set method has been applied widely in image processing. It however does not work well for an intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) image because an image gradient, commonly used for calculating a speed function in the level set method, cannot detect an image boundary well. The level set method and the weighted image separability proposed by the authors in the past were applied for a coronary plaque boundary detection problem. The level set method could not however detect the plaque boundary in several regions. One problem was that the candidates of the plaque boundary detected by the weighted separability were unclear in several regions. The other problem was that the IVUS image often becomes shadowed and it contains no texture information there, which is caused by the presence of the guide wire. To overcome this problem, we propose a new modified level set, and we further propose a hybrid boundary detection method based on the new modified level set and the Takagi Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy model for detecting a coronary plaque boundary. The boundary detection accuracy of the proposed method was significantly better than those of the previous methods we proposed in the past.