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Using shape entropy as a feature to lesion boundary segmentation with level sets

By Elizabeth Massey, Andrew Hunter, James Lowell and David Steel


Accurate lesion segmentation in retinal imagery is an area of vast research. Of the many segmentation methods\ud available very few are insensitive to topological changes on noisy surfaces. This paper presents an extension to\ud earlier work on a novel stopping mechanism for level sets. The elementary features scheme (ELS) in [5] is\ud extended to include shape entropy as a feature used to ’look back in time’ and find the point at which the curve\ud best fits the real object. We compare the proposed extension against the original algorithm for timing and\ud accuracy using 50 randomly selected images of exudates with a database of clinician demarcated boundaries as\ud ground truth. While this work is presented applied to medical imagery, it can be used for any application\ud involving the segmentation of bright or dark blobs on noisy images

Topics: G400 Computer Science, G740 Computer Vision
Year: 2009
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