Development of a new method for extracting surface with open form from volumetric images

Jia Hui Wang, Hideo Saito, Shinji Ozawa, Tomohiro Kuwahara, Toyonobu Yamashita, Motoji Takahashi

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Analysis of the dermo-epidermal surface in three-dimensions is important for evaluating cosmetics. One approach is based on the active contour model, which is used for extracting local object boundaries with closed curve form. The dermo-epidermal surface, however, is a plane with open form. Developed in this paper is a method of automatically extracting the dermo-epidermal surface from volumetric confocal microscopic images, as well as constructing a 3-D visual model of the surface by using the geometric information contained in the control points. This method is a 3-D extension of the active contour model, so it is called active open surface model (AOSM). The initial surface for AOSM is an open curve plane, guided by a 3-D internal force, a 3-D external constraint force, and a 3-D image force, which pull it toward the objective surface. The proposed technique has been applied to extract actual dermo-epidermal surface in the given volumetric confocal microscopic images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1181
Number of pages8
JournalJisuanji Yanjiu yu Fazhan/Computer Research and Development
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul 1


  • Active contour model
  • Active open surface model
  • Confocal microscope
  • Dermo-epidermal surface
  • Three-dimensions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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