Feature extraction and segmentation in medical images by statistical optimization and point operation approaches

Shuyu Yang, Philip King, Enrique Corona, Mark Wilson, Kaan Aydin, Sunanda Mitra, Peter Soliz, Brian Nutter, Young H. Kwon

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Feature extraction is a critical preprocessing step, which influences the outcome of the entire process of developing significant metrics for medical image evaluation. The purpose of this paper is firstly to compare the effect of an optimized statistical feature extraction methodology to a well-designed combination of point operations for feature extraction at the preprocessing stage of retinal images for developing useful diagnostic metrics for retinal diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Segmentation of the extracted features allows us to investigate the effect of occlusion induced by these features on generating stereo disparity mapping and 3-D visualization of the optic cup/disc. Segmentation of blood vessels in the retina also has significant application in generating precise vessel diameter metrics in vascular diseases such as hypertension and diabetic retinopathy for monitoring progression of retinal diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1676-1684
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5032 III
StatePublished - Sep 15 2003
EventMedical Imaging 2003: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 17 2003Feb 20 2003


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