AbstractIn view of predicting bright lesions such as hard exudates, cotton wool spots, and drusen in retinal images, three different segmentation techniques have been proposed and their effectiveness is compared with existing segmentation techniques. The benchmark images with annotations present in the structured analysis of the retina (STARE) database is considered for testing the proposed techniques. The proposed segmentation techniques such as region growing (RG), region growing with background correction (RGWBC), and adaptive region growing with background correction (ARGWBC) have been used, and the effectiveness of the algorithms is compared with existing fuzzy-based techniques. Images of eight categories of various annotations and 10 images in each category have been used to test the consistency of the proposed algorithms. Among the proposed techniques, ARGWBC has been identified to be the best method for segmenting the bright lesions based on its sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy. Fifteen different features are extracted from retinal images for the purpose of identification and classification of bright lesions. Feedforward backpropagation neural network (FFBPNN) and pattern recognition neural network (PRNN) are used for the classification of normal/abnormal images. Probabilistic neural network (PNN), radial basis exact fit (RBE), radial basis fewer neurons (RB), and FFBPNN are used for further bright lesion classification and achieve 100% accuracy.
Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik – de Gruyter
Published: Aug 1, 2016
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