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Automated Chest X-Ray Analysis
Author(s): E. L. Hall; B. K. Rouge; R. P. Kruger
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Paper Abstract

A computer hardware-software system has been developed for extracting optical and digital mea-surements from chest x-rays and using these measurements to classify the severity of lung disease. The system consists of a digital image scanner and an optical system consisting of an x - y controller for film transportation and an RSI Fraunhofer diffraction pattern sampling unit. Initially the classification has been of opacity textural patterns associated with coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP). However, the system appears to be expandable to all diseases described in the international standard which include lung disease, heart disease, and cancer with only software modification. Recently extensions to large opacity detection, measures of lung vascularity and lung and heart volume have been made. Results indicate classification accuracy rates for pneumoconioses comparable to visual readings of the films by expert radiologists, and significantly better than non-radiologist physicians who often read these films.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1977
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0089, Applications of Optics in Medicine and Biology, (20 January 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955040
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E. L. Hall, University of Southern California (United States)
B. K. Rouge, University of Southern California (United States)
R. P. Kruger, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0089:
Applications of Optics in Medicine and Biology
Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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