Red lesion detection in retinal fundus images using Frangi-based filters

Ruchir Srivastava, Damon W K Wong, Lixin Duan, Jiang Liu, Tien Yin Wong
Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2015, 2015: 5663-6
This paper presents a method to detect red lesions related to Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), namely Microaneurysms and Hemorrhages from retinal fundus images with robustness to the presence of blood vessels. Filters based on Frangi filters are used for the first time for this task. Green channel of the input image was decomposed into smaller sub images and proposed filters were applied to each sub image after initial preprocessing. Features were extracted from the filter response and used to train a Support Vector Machine classifier to predict whether a test image had lesions or not. Experiments were performed on a dataset of 143 retinal fundus and the proposed method achieved areas under the ROC curve equal to 0.97 and 0.87 for Microaneurysms and Hemorrhages respectively. Results show the effectiveness of the proposed method for detecting red lesions. This method can help significantly in automated detection of DR with fewer false positives.

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