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Tytuł: Fully automatic algorithm for the analysis of vessels in the angiographic image of the eye fundus
Autor: Koprowski, Robert
Teper, Sławomir Jan
Węglarz, Beata
Wylęgała, Edward
Krejca, Michał
Wróbel, Zygmunt
Słowa kluczowe: Angiographic Image; Fully Automatic Algorithm; Image processing; Fundus Oculi; Blood Vessels
Data wydania: 2012
Źródło: BioMedical Engineering Online, (2012), vol. 11, art. no. 35, p. 1-19
Abstrakt: Background: The available scientific literature contains descriptions of manual, semi-automated and automated methods for analysing angiographic images. The presented algorithms segment vessels calculating their tortuosity or number in a given area. We describe a statistical analysis of the inclination of the vessels in the fundus as related to their distance from the center of the optic disc.Methods: The paper presents an automated method for analysing vessels which are found in angiographic images of the eye using a Matlab implemented algorithm. It performs filtration and convolution operations with suggested masks. The result is an image containing information on the location of vessels and their inclination angle in relation to the center of the optic disc. This is a new approach to the analysis of vessels whose usefulness has been confirmed in the diagnosis of hypertension.Results: The proposed algorithm analyzed and processed the images of the eye fundus using a classifier in the form of decision trees. It enabled the proper classification of healthy patients and those with hypertension. The result is a very good separation of healthy subjects from the hypertensive ones: sensitivity - 83%, specificity - 100%, accuracy - 96%. This confirms a practical usefulness of the proposed method.Conclusions: This paper presents an algorithm for the automatic analysis of morphological parameters of the fundus vessels. Such an analysis is performed during fluorescein angiography of the eye. The presented algorithm automatically calculates the global statistical features connected with both tortuosity of vessels and their total area or their number.
DOI: 10.1186/1475-925X-11-35
ISSN: 1475-925X
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