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Comparison different vessel segmentation methods in automated microaneurysms detection in retinal images using convolutional neural networks
Author(s): Meysam Tavakoli; Mahdieh Nazar
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Paper Abstract

Image processing techniques provide important assistance to physicians and relieve their workload in different tasks. In particular, identifying objects of interest such as lesions and anatomical structures from the image is a challenging and iterative process that can be done by computerized approaches in a successful manner. Mi- croaneurysms (MAs) detection is a crucial step in retinal image analysis algorithms. The goal of MAs detection is to find the progress and at last identification of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in the retinal images. The objec- tive of this study is to apply three retinal vessel segmentation methods, Laplacian-of-Gaussian (LoG), Canny edge detector, and Matched filter to compare results of MAs detection using combination of unsupervised and supervised learning either in the normal images or in the presence of DR. The steps for the algorithm are as following: 1) Preprocessing and Enhancement, 2) vessel segmentation and masking, 3) MAs detection and Lo- calization using combination of Matching based approach and Convolutional Neural Networks. To evaluate the accuracy of our proposed method, we compared the output of our method with the ground truth that collected by ophthalmologists. By using the LoG vessel segmentation, our algorithm found sensitivity of more than 85% in detection of MAs for 100 color images in a local retinal database and 40 images of a public dataset (DRIVE). For the Canny vessel segmentation, our automated algorithm found sensitivity of more than 80% in detection of MAs for all 140 images of two databases. And lastly, using Matched filter, our algorithm found sensitivity of more than 87% in detection of MAs in both local and DRIVE datasets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2020
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11317, Medical Imaging 2020: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 113171P (28 February 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2548359
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Meysam Tavakoli, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)
Mahdieh Nazar, Shahid Beheshti Medical School (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11317:
Medical Imaging 2020: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
Andrzej Krol; Barjor S. Gimi, Editor(s)

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