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A New Algorithm for Generating Quadrilateral Meshes and its Application to FE-Based Image Registration.

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ABSTRACT The use of finite element (FE) analysis in the simulation of physical phenomena over the human body has necessitated the construc-tion of meshes from images. Despite the availability of several tools for generating meshes for FE-based applications, most cannot deal directly with the raw pixel-wise representation of image data. Additionally, some are optimized for the construction of much simpler shapes than those encountered within the human body. In this work, we introduce a new algorithm to obtain strictly convex quadrilateral meshes of bounded size from triangulations of polygonal regions with or without polygonal holes. We present an approach to construct quadrilateral meshes from segmented images using the aforementioned algorithm, and a quantitative analysis of the quality of the meshes generated by our algorithm with respect to the performance of a FE-based image registration method that takes image meshes as input.

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