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Characterization of uterine-cervix phantoms' elasticity using texture features extracted from US images
Author(s): Mónica Orozco Flores; Jorge Perez-Gonzalez; Fabián Torres Robles; Crescencio García Segundo; Scarlet Prieto Rodríguez; Lisbeth Camargo Marín; Mario Guzmán Huerta; Verónica Medina-Bañuelos
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Paper Abstract

An indirect method of tissue consistency measurement is proposed, based on intensity and texture features of conventional ultrasound (US) cervix images. Calibration and validation were carried out in five phantoms simulating different cervical firmness, as well as in short and long cervices. Several image features attributed to the histogram, the co–occurrence matrix and the run–length encoding matrix were extracted and analyzed to evaluate their ability to distinguish between degrees of phantoms’ firmness. The most indicative of firmness indices were selected by correlating their values with the phantoms’ elasticities determined through Young’s moduli. Also, a random forest classifier was implemented, allowing to identify the features that contribute the most to class separation between phantoms. Using both tests, six features were selected: mean, standard deviation, entropy, skewness and two RLE-matrix features. A 6–fold cross validation was used to evaluate the model, obtaining a 98.9±0.79% accuracy. Finally, a preliminary case study was conducted upon closed and opened cervical US images, classifying them between both groups using a random forest model, obtaining an 84.34% accuracy. The indicated tests show that intensity and texture features extracted from conventional US images provide indirect and less–invasive information than other methods regarding tissue consistency, and therefore may be used to measure changes in cervical firmness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10975, 14th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis, 1097511 (21 December 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2506696
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Mónica Orozco Flores, Univ. Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
Jorge Perez-Gonzalez, Univ. Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Fabián Torres Robles, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Crescencio García Segundo, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Scarlet Prieto Rodríguez, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología (Mexico)
Lisbeth Camargo Marín, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología (Mexico)
Mario Guzmán Huerta, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología (Mexico)
Verónica Medina-Bañuelos, Univ. Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10975:
14th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis
Eduardo Romero; Natasha Lepore; Jorge Brieva, Editor(s)

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