A Fast Level Set-Like Algorithm for Region-Based Active Contours
|Year of publication
|Article in Proceedings
|6th International Symposium on Visual Computing
|MU Faculty or unit
|implicit active contours; Chan-Vese model; fast level set-like algorithm
|Implicit active contours are widely employed in image processing and related areas. Their implementation using the level set framework brings several advantages over parametric snakes. In particular, a parameterization independence, topological flexibility, and straightforward extension into higher dimensions have led to their popularity. On the other hand, a numerical solution of associated partial differential equations (PDEs) is very time-consuming, especially for large 3D images. In this paper, we modify a fast level set-like algorithm by Nilsson and Heyden (2003) intended for tracking gradient-based active contours in order to obtain a fast algorithm for tracking region-based active contours driven by the Chan-Vese model. The potential of the proposed algorithm and its comparison with two other fast methods minimizing the Chan-Vese model are demonstrated on both synthetic and real image data.