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Automatic Segmentation of Optic Disc Using Affine Snakes in Gradient Vector Field

Dey, S and Tahiliani, K and Harish Kumar, JR and Pediredla, AK and Seelamantula, CS (2019) Automatic Segmentation of Optic Disc Using Affine Snakes in Gradient Vector Field. In: 44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019, 12 - 17 May 2019, Brighton, pp. 1204-1208.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2019.8682408


The optic disc is one of the prominent features of a retinal fundus image, and its segmentation is a critical component in automated retinal screening systems for ophthalmic anomalies, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. In this paper, we propose a novel method for optic disc segmentation using affine snakes, where the snake evolves using an affine transformation and requires a priori knowledge of the desired object shape. We determine the affine transformation parameters by first computing a force field on the image and then deforming the snake till the net force on the snake is zero. The affine snakes technique excels in its speed of convergence. This is attributed to the fact that only six parameters require optimization, the six parameters being the horizontal and vertical scaling, shearing and translation components of an affine transformation. Localization of the optic disc is done using normalized cross-correlation and segmentation is done using the affine snakes technique. This technique is tested on publicly available fundus image datasets, such as IDRiD, Drishti-GS, RIM-ONE, DRIONS-DB, and Messidor, with Dice In-dices of 0.943, 0.958, 0.933, 0.913, and 0.912, respectively.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Keywords: Audio signal processing; Eye protection; Ophthalmology; Speech communication, Affine snakes; Affine transformations; Automatic segmentations; Diabetic retinopathy; Gradient vector field; Normalized cross correlation; Optic disc; Retinal fundus images, Image segmentation
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 09:26
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 09:26
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/78379

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