Multiscale Blood Vessel Delineation Using B-COSFIRE Filters

  • Nicola Strisciuglio
  • George Azzopardi
  • Mario Vento
  • Nicolai Petkov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9257)


We propose a delineation algorithm that deals with bar-like structures of different thickness. Detection of linear structures is applicable to several fields ranging from medical images for segmentation of vessels to aerial images for delineation of roads or rivers. The proposed method is suited for any delineation problem and employs a set of B-COSFIRE filters selective for lines and line-endings of different thickness. We determine the most effective filters for the application at hand by Generalized Matrix Learning Vector Quantization (GMLVQ) algorithm. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method by applying it to the task of vessel segmentation in retinal images. We perform experiments on two benchmark data sets, namely DRIVE and STARE. The experimental results show that the proposed delineation algorithm is highly effective and efficient. It can be considered as a general framework for a delineation task in various applications.


Retinal Image Vessel Segmentation Vessel Tree Drive Data Prototype Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Strisciuglio
    • 1
    • 2
  • George Azzopardi
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mario Vento
    • 2
  • Nicolai Petkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Applied MathematicsUniversity of SalernoSalernoItaly
  3. 3.Intelligent Computer SystemsUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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