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Comprehensive eye evaluation algorithm
Author(s): C. Agurto ; S. Nemeth; G. Zamora; M. Vahtel; P. Soliz; S. Barriga
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, several research groups have developed automatic algorithms to detect diabetic retinopathy (DR) in individuals with diabetes (DM), using digital retinal images. Studies have indicated that diabetics have 1.5 times the annual risk of developing primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) as do people without DM. Moreover, DM patients have 1.8 times the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although numerous investigators are developing automatic DR detection algorithms, there have been few successful efforts to create an automatic algorithm that can detect other ocular diseases, such as POAG and AMD. Consequently, our aim in the current study was to develop a comprehensive eye evaluation algorithm that not only detects DR in retinal images, but also automatically identifies glaucoma suspects and AMD by integrating other personal medical information with the retinal features. The proposed system is fully automatic and provides the likelihood of each of the three eye disease. The system was evaluated in two datasets of 104 and 88 diabetic cases. For each eye, we used two non-mydriatic digital color fundus photographs (macula and optic disc centered) and, when available, information about age, duration of diabetes, cataracts, hypertension, gender, and laboratory data. Our results show that the combination of multimodal features can increase the AUC by up to 5%, 7%, and 8% in the detection of AMD, DR, and glaucoma respectively. Marked improvement was achieved when laboratory results were combined with retinal image features.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9785, Medical Imaging 2016: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 978518 (24 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2217130
Show Author Affiliations
C. Agurto , VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)
S. Nemeth, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)
G. Zamora, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)
M. Vahtel, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)
P. Soliz, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)
S. Barriga, VisionQuest Biomedical LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9785:
Medical Imaging 2016: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Georgia D. Tourassi; Samuel G. Armato, Editor(s)

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