Right ventricle segmentation from cardiac MRI: A collation study

Caroline Petitjean, Maria A. Zuluaga, Wenjia Bai, Jean Nicolas Dacher, Damien Grosgeorge, JérÔme Caudron, Su Ruan, Ismail Ben Ayed, M. Jorge Cardoso, Hsiang Chou Chen, Daniel Jimenez-Carretero, Maria J. Ledesma-Carbayo, Christos Davatzikos, Jimit Doshi, Guray Erus, Oskar M.O. Maier, Cyrus M.S. Nambakhsh, Yangming Ou, Sébastien Ourselin, Chun Wei PengNicholas S. Peters, Terry M. Peters, Martin Rajchl, Daniel Rueckert, Andres Santos, Wenzhe Shi, Ching Wei Wang, Haiyan Wang, Jing Yuan

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a reference examination for cardiac morphology and function in humans, allows to image the cardiac right ventricle (RV) with high spatial resolution. The segmentation of the RV is a difficult task due to the variable shape of the RV and its ill-defined borders in these images. The aim of this paper is to evaluate several RV segmentation algorithms on common data. More precisely, we report here the results of the Right Ventricle Segmentation Challenge (RVSC), concretized during the MICCAI'12 Conference with an on-site competition. Seven automated and semi-automated methods have been considered, along them three atlas-based methods, two prior based methods, and two prior-free, image-driven methods that make use of cardiac motion. The obtained contours were compared against a manual tracing by an expert cardiac radiologist, taken as a reference, using Dice metric and Hausdorff distance. We herein describe the cardiac data composed of 48 patients, the evaluation protocol and the results. Best results show that an average 80% Dice accuracy and a 1. cm Hausdorff distance can be expected from semi-automated algorithms for this challenging task on the datasets, and that an automated algorithm can reach similar performance, at the expense of a high computational burden. Data are now publicly available and the website remains open for new submissions (http://www.litislab.eu/rvsc/).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-202
Number of pages16
JournalMedical image analysis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Cardiac MRI
  • Collation study
  • Right ventricle segmentation
  • Segmentation challenge
  • Segmentation method evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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