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Color segmentation using neural networks: an application to dermatology
Author(s): Dido M. Yova; Athanasios K. Delibasis; Constantinos N. Papaodysseus
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Paper Abstract

In the incidence of malignant melanoma, which is the most lethal skin cancer, has risen around the world more than 15 times over the last 50 years and continues to increase. Diagnosis of skin tumors can be automated based on the introduction of digital imaging in dermatology. Automated diagnosis is based on certain physical features and color information that are characteristic of benign, dysplastic or malignant tissue. In this paper, the research is addressed towards the problem of segmentation of digital images based on color information and specifically was a selected feature called variegated coloring. Neural networks - Kohonen model - were used for the automatic identification of variegated coloring and self organizing maps (SOMs) were applied to the segmentation of color images of skin cancer. A set of 12 images was used and the results were compared with the segmentation procedure of a clinical expert. The results have shown that the Kohonen model of neural networks can utilize the chromatic information of color skin images to successfully segment skin cancers from the surrounding skin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3567, Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring IV, (12 February 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.339180
Show Author Affiliations
Dido M. Yova, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Athanasios K. Delibasis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Constantinos N. Papaodysseus, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3567:
Optical and Imaging Techniques for Biomonitoring IV
Marco Dal Fante; Hans-Jochen Foth; Neville Krasner M.D.; Renato Marchesini; Halina Podbielska M.D., Editor(s)

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