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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 801962, 10 pages
Review Article

Carotid Artery Segmentation in Ultrasound Images and Measurement of Intima-Media Thickness

Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore 23, Park Road, Indore 452003, India

Received 17 April 2013; Accepted 28 May 2013

Academic Editor: Manuel F. Casanova

Copyright © 2013 Vaishali Naik et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The segmentation of the common carotid artery (CCA) wall is imperative for the determination of the intima-media thickness (IMT) on B-mode ultrasound (US) images. The IMT is considered an important indicator in the evaluation of the risk for the development of atherosclerosis. In this paper, authors have discussed the relevance of measurements in clinical practices and the challenges that one has to face while approaching the segmentation of carotid artery on ultrasound images. The paper presents an overall review of commonly used methods for the CCA segmentation and IMT measurement along with the different performance metrics that have been proposed and used for performance validation. Summary and future directions are given in the conclusion.