Segmentation of Eye Fundus Images by Density Clustering in Diabetic Retinopathy

Pedro Furtado • Carolina Travassos • Raquel Monteiro • Sara Pires Oliveira • Carla Baptista • Francisco Carrilho

09:05 - 09:55 | Thursday 16 February 2017 | Ballroom D


Early diagnosis is crucial in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), to avoid further complications. The disease can be classified into one of two stages (an early stage of non-proliferative and a later stage of proliferative diabetic retinopathy), diagnosed based on existence and quantity of a characteristic set of lesions, such as micro-aneurysms, hemorrhages or exhudates, in Eye Fundus Images (EFI). It is therefore important to segment adequately regions of potential lesions, to highlight and classify the lesions and the degree of DR. Density clustering methods are promising candidates to isolate individual lesions, and should be used together with effective techniques for vascular tree removal, feature extraction and classification. In this work we report on our approach, results, tradeoffs and conclusions for segmenting and detecting individual lesions.