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Fast and accurate border detection in dermoscopy images using statistical region merging
Author(s): M. Emre Celebi; Hassan A. Kingravi; Hitoshi Iyatomi; JeongKyu Lee; Y. Alp Aslandogan; William Van Stoecker; Randy Moss; Joseph M. Malters; Ashfaq A. Marghoob
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Paper Abstract

As a result of advances in skin imaging technology and the development of suitable image processing techniques during the last decade, there has been a significant increase of interest in the computer-aided diagnosis of melanoma. Automated border detection is one of the most important steps in this procedure, since the accuracy of the subsequent steps crucially depends on it. In this paper, a fast and unsupervised approach to border detection in dermoscopy images of pigmented skin lesions based on the Statistical Region Merging algorithm is presented. The method is tested on a set of 90 dermoscopy images. The border detection error is quantified by a metric in which a set of dermatologist-determined borders is used as the ground-truth. The proposed method is compared to six state-of-the-art automated methods (optimized histogram thresholding, orientation-sensitive fuzzy c-means, gradient vector flow snakes, dermatologist-like tumor extraction algorithm, meanshift clustering, and the modified JSEG method) and borders determined by a second dermatologist. The results demonstrate that the presented method achieves both fast and accurate border detection in dermoscopy images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6512, Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing, 65123V (26 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.709073
Show Author Affiliations
M. Emre Celebi, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Hassan A. Kingravi, Univ. of Texas at Arlington (United States)
Hitoshi Iyatomi, Hosei Univ. (Japan)
JeongKyu Lee, Univ. of Bridgeport (United States)
Y. Alp Aslandogan, Prairie View A&M Univ. (United States)
William Van Stoecker, Univ. of Missouri, Rolla (United States)
Randy Moss, Univ. of Missouri, Rolla (United States)
Joseph M. Malters, The Dermatology Ctr. (United States)
Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Skin Cancer Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6512:
Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing
Josien P. W. Pluim; Joseph M. Reinhardt, Editor(s)

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