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Detection and classification of interstitial lung diseases and emphysema using a joint morphological-fuzzy approach
Author(s): Kuang-Che Chang Chien; Catalin Fetita; Pierre-Yves Brillet; Françoise Prêteux; Ruey-Feng Chang
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Paper Abstract

Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) has high accuracy and specificity on volumetrically capturing serial images of the lung. It increases the capability of computerized classification for lung tissue in medical research. This paper proposes a three-dimensional (3D) automated approach based on mathematical morphology and fuzzy logic for quantifying and classifying interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) and emphysema. The proposed methodology is composed of several stages: (1) an image multi-resolution decomposition scheme based on a 3D morphological filter is used to detect and analyze the different density patterns of the lung texture. Then, (2) for each pattern in the multi-resolution decomposition, six features are computed, for which fuzzy membership functions define a probability of association with a pathology class. Finally, (3) for each pathology class, the probabilities are combined up according to the weight assigned to each membership function and two threshold values are used to decide the final class of the pattern. The proposed approach was tested on 10 MDCT cases and the classification accuracy was: emphysema: 95%, fibrosis/honeycombing: 84% and ground glass: 97%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7260, Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 726031 (27 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811730
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Kuang-Che Chang Chien, Institut TELECOM (France)
National Chung Cheng Univ. (Taiwan)
Catalin Fetita, Institut TELECOM (France)
Pierre-Yves Brillet, Avicenne Hospital (France)
Françoise Prêteux, Institut TELECOM (France)
Ruey-Feng Chang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7260:
Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Nico Karssemeijer; Maryellen L. Giger, Editor(s)

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