Saliency Based Ulcer Detection for Wireless Capsule Endoscopy Diagnosis

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Original languageEnglish
Article number7078955
Pages (from-to)2046-2057
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Volume34
Issue number10
Online published2 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Ulcer is one of the most common symptoms of many serious diseases in the human digestive tract. Especially for the ulcers in the small bowel where other procedures cannot adequately visualize, wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is increasingly being used in the diagnosis and clinical management. Because WCE generates large amount of images from the whole process of inspection, computer-aided detection of ulcer is considered an indispensable relief to clinicians. In this paper, a two-staged fully automated computer-aided detection system is proposed to detect ulcer from WCE images. In the first stage, we propose an effective saliency detection method based on multi-level superpixel representation to outline the ulcer candidates. To find the perceptually and semantically meaningful salient regions, we first segment the image into multi-level superpixel segmentations. Each level corresponds to different initial region sizes of the superpixels. Then we evaluate the corresponding saliency according to the color and texture features in superpixel region of each level. In the end, we fuse the saliency maps from all levels together to obtain the final saliency map. In the second stage, we apply the obtained saliency map to better encode the image features for the ulcer image recognition tasks. Because the ulcer mainly corresponds to the saliency region, we propose a saliency max-pooling method integrated with the Locality-constrained Linear Coding (LLC) method to characterize the images. Experiment results achieve promising 92.65% accuracy and 94.12% sensitivity, validating the effectiveness of the proposed method. Moreover, the comparison results show that our detection system outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on the ulcer classification task.

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  • Locality-constrained linear coding (LLC), multi-level superpixel representation, saliency, saliency-based max-pooling method

Citation Format(s)

Saliency Based Ulcer Detection for Wireless Capsule Endoscopy Diagnosis. / Yuan, Yixuan; Wang, Jiaole; Li, Baopu; Meng, Max Q.-H.

In: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol. 34, No. 10, 7078955, 10.2015, p. 2046-2057.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review