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Retinal image mosaicing using the radial distortion correction model
Author(s): Sangyeol Lee; Michael D. Abràmoff; Joseph M. Reinhardt
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Paper Abstract

Fundus camera imaging can be used to examine the retina to detect disorders. Similar to looking through a small keyhole into a large room, imaging the fundus with an ophthalmologic camera allows only a limited view at a time. Thus, the generation of a retinal montage using multiple images has the potential to increase diagnostic accuracy by providing larger field of view. A method of mosaicing multiple retinal images using the radial distortion correction (RADIC) model is proposed in this paper. Our method determines the inter-image connectivity by detecting feature correspondences. The connectivity information is converted to a tree structure that describes the spatial relationships between the reference and target images for pairwise registration. The montage is generated by cascading pairwise registration scheme starting from the anchor image downward through the connectivity tree hierarchy. The RADIC model corrects the radial distortion that is due to the spherical-to-planar projection during retinal imaging. Therefore, after radial distortion correction, individual images can be properly mapped onto a montage space by a linear geometric transformation, e.g. affine transform. Compared to the most existing montaging methods, our method is unique in that only a single registration per image is required because of the distortion correction property of RADIC model. As a final step, distance-weighted intensity blending is employed to correct the inter-image differences in illumination encountered when forming the montage. Visual inspection of the experimental results using three mosaicing cases shows our method can produce satisfactory montages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6914, Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing, 691435 (11 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.773161
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Sangyeol Lee, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Michael D. Abràmoff, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Veteren's Administration Medical Ctr. (United States)
Joseph M. Reinhardt, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6914:
Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing
Joseph M. Reinhardt; Josien P. W. Pluim, Editor(s)

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