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In Medical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention

Surface reconstruction from volumetric T1-weighted and T2-weighted images is a time-consuming multi-step process that often involves careful parameter fine-tuning, hindering a more wide-spread utilization of surface-based analysis particularly in large-scale studies. In this work, we propose a fast surface reconstruction method that is based on directly learning a continuous-valued signed distance function (SDF) as implicit surface representation. This continuous representation implicitly encodes the boundary of the surface as the zero isosurface. Given the predicted SDF, the target 3D surface is reconstructed by applying the marching cubes algorithm. Our implicit reconstruction method concurrently predicts the surfaces of the brain parenchyma, the white matter and pial surfaces, the subcortical structures, and the ventricles. Evaluation based on data from the Human Connectome Project indicates that surface reconstruction of a total of 22 cortical and subcortical structures can be completed in less than 20 min.

Hong Yoonmi, Ahmad Sahar, Wu Ye, Liu Siyuan, Yap Pew-Thian


Cortical surface reconstruction, Deep learning, Implicit representation