A New Framework of Multiphase Segmentation and Its Application to Partial Volume Segmentation
The authors proposed a novel framework of multiphase segmentation based on stochastic theory and phase transition theory. Their main contribution lies in the introduction of a constructed function so that its composition with phase function forms membership functions. In this way, it saves memory space and also avoids the general simplex constraint problem for soft segmentations. The framework is then applied to partial volume segmentation. Although the partial volume segmentation in this paper is focused on brain MR image, the proposed framework can be applied to any segmentation containing partial volume caused by limited resolution and overlapping.