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Title: Hausdorff symmetry operator towards retinal blood vessel segmentation
Authors: Panda R.
Puhan N.B.
Panda G.
Keywords: Hausdorff distance
Region growing
Retinal vessel segmentation
Sub-pixel resolution
Vessel centerline
?-means clustering
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: 5
Abstract: Automated retinal blood vessel segmentation is a fundamental component in computer aided retinal disease screening system and diagnosis. This paper presents a novel method of Hausdorff symmetry operator for automatic centerline pixel selection towards retinal blood vessel segmentation. Centerline pixels are determined by considering geometrical symmetry (distance and orientation) and Hausdorff distance based point set matching at the centerline pixel. This is performed in subpixel resolution to achieve higher accuracy. Then ?-means clustering is applied to remove false centerline pixels. The selected centerline pixels act as seed points to be used in region growing to segment the retinal blood vessels. Our proposed method is evaluated on DRIVE and STARE databases. The experimental results demonstrate that the performance of the proposed method is comparable with state-of-the-art techniques. The advantages of the proposed method include its ability to correctly segment thin blood vessels, vessels containing light reflex, and disc area is not misclassified as vessels. � 2014 IEEE.
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