A computerized scheme for early severe acute respiratory syndrome(SARS) lesion detection in digital chest radiographs is presented in this paper. The total scheme consists of two main parts: the first part is to determine suspect lesions by the theory of locally orderless images(LOI) and their spatial features; the second part is to select real lesions among these suspect ones by their frequent features. The method we used in the second part is firstly developed by Katsuragawa et al with necessary modification. Preliminary results indicate that these features are good criterions to tell early SARS lesions apart from other normal lung structures.
The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, also called Infectious Atypical Pneumonia), which initially broke out in late 2002, has threatened the public’s health seriously. How to confirm the patients contracting SARS becomes an urgent issue in diagnosis. This paper intends to evaluate the importance of Image Processing in the diagnosis on SARS at the early stage. Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) analysis has been employed in this study to compare the value of DR images in the diagnosis of SARS patients before and after image processing by Symphony Software supplied by E-Com Technology Ltd., and DR image study of 72 confirmed or suspected SARS patients were reviewed respectively. All the images taken from the studied patients were processed by Symphony. Both the original and processed images were taken into ROC analysis, based on which the ROC graph for each group of images has been produced as described below: For processed images: a = 1.9745, b = 1.4275, SA = 0.8714; For original images: a = 0.9066, b = 0.8310, SA = 0.7572;
(a - intercept, b - slop, SA - Area below the curve). The result shows significant difference between the original images and processed images (P<0.01). In summary, the images processed by Symphony are superior to the original ones in detecting the opacity lesion, and increases the accuracy of SARS diagnosis.