Automation of segmentation
of phalangeal bones in hand radiographs

Ted Pawlicki
Eastman Kodak, Rochester


The study of bone mass and its changes due to age, various diseases and metabolic disorders is of primary importance for medical diagnosis and treatment. Radiographic absorptiometry (RA), or photodensitometry, is a sensitive, noninvasive, quantitative method used to assess bone mineral changes. The phalanx bones seen in dorso-palmar hand radiographs are often used for RA measurement. Historically, the intervention of a human operator is required to segment these bones prior to quantitative measurement.

This talk presents a system for the automation of such segmentation.

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