18 March 2014 Classification of weak specular reflections in laparoscopic images
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Abstract
Specular reflections are present in the majority of laparoscopic videos. If not considered they will affect all further image analysis and registration algorithms. In most state-of-the-art algorithms, segmentation of specular reflections is done by intensity thresholding. However, the strong reflections are detected but the weak reflections are missed. The proposed method automatically detects the contour boundaries belonging to specular reflections by an SVM classifier. The algorithm improves the detection of small weak reflections by training on contours of specular reflections with a combination of intensity and shape descriptors. Segmentation is done on contours by intensity thresholding and morphological operations. A comparative analysis of the proposed method with the existing methods is presented. The ground truth for the test images is manually labeled for evaluation. The database contains 1012 specular reflections present in 184 images and they are taken from 42 patients. This method improves the sensitivity in detection of weak reflections by 15% as compared to the best known method and 7% for all reflections.
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Bidisha Chakraborty, Bidisha Chakraborty, Jan Marek Marcinczak, Jan Marek Marcinczak, Rolf-Rainer Grigat, Rolf-Rainer Grigat, } "Classification of weak specular reflections in laparoscopic images", Proc. SPIE 9035, Medical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 90353I (18 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043073; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2043073
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