The current study is part of a project resulting in a computer-assisted analysis of a hand radiograph yielding an assessment of skeletal maturity. The image analysis is based on features selected from six regions of interest. At various stages of skeletal development different image processing problems have to be addressed. At the early stage, feature extraction is based on Lee filtering followed by the random Gibbs fields and mathematical morphology. Once the fusion starts, wavelet decomposition methods are implemented. The user interface displays the closest neighbors to each image under consideration. Results show the sensitivity of different regions to both stages of development and certain feature sensitivity within each region. At the early stage of development, the distal features are more reliable indicators, whereas at the stage of epiphyseal fusion, a larger dynamic range of middle features makes them more sensitive. In the current study, a graphical user interface has been designed and implemented for testing the image processing routines and comparing the results of quantitative image analysis with the visual interpretation of extracted regions of interest. The user interface may also serve as a teaching tool. At the later stage of the project it will be used as a classification tool
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