Chromoendoscopy (CH) is a gastroenterology imaging modality that involves the staining of tissues with methylene blue, which reacts with the internal walls of the gastrointestinal tract, improving the visual contrast in mucosal surfaces and thus enhancing a doctor’s ability to screen precancerous lesions or early cancer. This technique helps identify areas that can be targeted for biopsy or treatment and in this work we will focus on gastric cancer detection. Gastric chromoendoscopy for cancer detection has several taxonomies available, one of which classifies CH images into three classes (normal, metaplasia, dysplasia) based on color, shape and regularity of pit patterns. Computer-assisted diagnosis is desirable to help us improve the reliability of the tissue classification and abnormalities detection. However, traditional computer vision methodologies, mainly segmentation, do not translate well to the specific visual characteristics of a gastroenterology imaging scenario. We propose the exploitation of a first unsupervised segmentation via superpixel, which groups pixels into perceptually meaningful atomic regions, used to replace the rigid structure of the pixel grid. For each superpixel, a set of features is extracted and then fed to a random forest based classifier, which computes a model used to predict the class of each superpixel. The average general accuracy of our model is 92.05% in the pixel domain (86.62% in the superpixel domain), while detection accuracies on the normal and abnormal class are respectively 85.71% and 95%. Eventually, the whole image class can be predicted image through a majority vote on each superpixel's predicted class.
Davide Boschetto and Enrico Grisan, "Superpixel-based classification of gastric chromoendoscopy images," Proc. SPIE 10134, Medical Imaging 2017: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 101340W (Presented at SPIE Medical Imaging: February 14, 2017; Published: 3 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2254187.
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