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The performance improvement of automatic classification among obstructive lung diseases on the basis of the features of shape analysis, in addition to texture analysis at HRCT
Author(s): Youngjoo Lee; Namkug Kim; Joon Beom Seo; JuneGoo Lee; Suk Ho Kang
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we proposed novel shape features to improve classification performance of differentiating obstructive lung diseases, based on HRCT (High Resolution Computerized Tomography) images. The images were selected from HRCT images, obtained from 82 subjects. For each image, two experienced radiologists selected rectangular ROIs with various sizes (16x16, 32x32, and 64x64 pixels), representing each disease or normal lung parenchyma. Besides thirteen textural features, we employed additional seven shape features; cluster shape features, and Top-hat transform features. To evaluate the contribution of shape features for differentiation of obstructive lung diseases, several experiments were conducted with two different types of classifiers and various ROI sizes. For automated classification, the Bayesian classifier and support vector machine (SVM) were implemented. To assess the performance and cross-validation of the system, 5-folding method was used. In comparison to employing only textural features, adding shape features yields significant enhancement of overall sensitivity(5.9, 5.4, 4.4% in the Bayesian and 9.0, 7.3, 5.3% in the SVM), in the order of ROI size 16x16, 32x32, 64x64 pixels, respectively (t-test, p<0.01). Moreover, this enhancement was largely due to the improvement on class-specific sensitivity of mild centrilobular emphysema and bronchiolitis obliterans which are most hard to differentiate for radiologists. According to these experimental results, adding shape features to conventional texture features is much useful to improve classification performance of obstructive lung diseases in both Bayesian and SVM classifiers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6512, Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing, 65124F (26 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.710394
Show Author Affiliations
Youngjoo Lee, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
Namkug Kim, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
Univ. of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Ctr. (South Korea)
Joon Beom Seo, Univ. of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Ctr. (South Korea)
JuneGoo Lee, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
Suk Ho Kang, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)


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

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