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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is an often occurring problem caused by narrowed veins. With this type of disease, mostly the legs receive an insufficient supply of blood to sustain their functions. This can result in an amputation of extremities or strokes. In order to quantify the risks, doctors onsult a classification table which is based on the pain response of a patient. This classification is subjective and does not indicate the exact origin of the PAD symptoms. Resulting from this, complications can occur unprompted. We present the first results for an image-based indicator assisting medical doctors in estimating the stage of PAD and its location. Therefore, a segmentation tree is utilized to compare the changes in a healthy versus diseased leg. We provide a highlighting mechanism that allows users to review the location of changes in selected structures. To show the effectiveness of the presented approach, we demonstrate a localization of the PAD and show how the presented technique can be utilized for a novel image-based indicator of PAD stages.


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