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Automatic artery/vein classification in colour retinal images

Martinez-Perez, ME; Parker, KH; Witt, N; Hughes, AD; Thom, SAM; (2020) Automatic artery/vein classification in colour retinal images. In: Osten, W and Nikolaev, DP, (eds.) Twelfth International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2019). SPIE: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

Quantitative imaging of retinal arteries and veins offers unique insights into cardiovascular and microvascular diseases but is laborious. We developed and tested a method to automatically identify arterial/venular (A/V) vessels in digital retinal images in conjunction with a semi-automatic segmentation technique. Methods of segmentation of blood vessels and the optic disc (OD) was performed as previously described, using a dataset of 10 colour fundus images. Using the OD as a reference a graph representation was constructed using the vessel skeletons. Vessel bifurcations and crossings were identified based on direction and local geometry, and A/V classification was carried out by fuzzy logic classification using colour information. Results were compared with expert classification. Preliminary results showed an average true positive rate for arteries of TPRA=0.83 and TPRV=0.74 for veins. With an overall average of TPRall=0.79 for both vessel type jointly. Computer-based systems can assess local and global aspects of the retinal microvascular architecture, geometry and topology. Automated A/V classification will facilitate efficient cost-effective assessment of clinical images at scale.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Automatic artery/vein classification in colour retinal images
Event: Twelfth International Conference on Machine Vision, 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1117/12.2557519
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2557519
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Population Science and Experimental Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095074
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