Using the 2-D Morlet wavelet with supervised classification for retinal vessel segmentation

Joao Soares, Jorge Leandro, Roberto M Cesar-Jr, Herbert Jelinek, Michael John Cree

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Abstract

We present a method for automated segmentation of the vasculature in retinal images. The method produces segmentations by classifying each image pixel as vessel or nonvessel, based on the pixel's feature vector. Feature vectors are composed of the pixel's intensity and continuous twodimensional Morlet wavelet transform responses taken at multiple scales. The Morlet wavelet is capable of tuning to specific frequencies, thus allowing noise filtering and vessel enhancement in a single step. We use a Bayesian classifier with class-conditional probability density functions (likelihoods) described as gaussian mixtures, yielding a fast classification, while being able to model complex decision surfaces. The probability distributions are estimated based on a training set of labeled pixels obtained from manual segmentations. The method's performance is evaluated on publicly available DRIVE [34] and STARE [16] databases of manually labeled non-mydriatic images. On the DRIVE database, it achieves an area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve of 0.9598 and an accuracy of 0.9467 versus 0.9473 for a second human observer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXVIII Brazilian Symposium on Computer Graphics and Image Processing Sibgrapi 05
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, California
PublisherIEEE
Pages10
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)0769523897
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventBrazilian Symposium on Computer Graphics and Image Processing - Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Brazil
Duration: 09 Oct 200512 Oct 2005

Conference

ConferenceBrazilian Symposium on Computer Graphics and Image Processing
Country/TerritoryBrazil
Period09/10/0512/10/05

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