Automated segmentation and analysis of tree-like structures from 3D medical images are important for many medical applications, such as those dealing with blood vasculature or lung airways. However, there is an absence of large databases of expert segmentations and analyses of such 3D medical images, which impedes the validation and training of proposed image analysis algorithms. We simulate volumetric images of vascular trees and generate the corresponding ground truth segmentations, bifurcation locations, branch properties, and tree hierarchy. The tree generation is performed by iteratively growing a vascular structure based on a user-defined (possibly spatially-varying) oxygen demand map.


VascuSynth is short for Vascular Synthesizer: An algorithm and accompanying software for synthesizing vascular or other tubular, tree-like structures.