Capillary Blood Vessel Tortuosity Measurement Using Graph Analysis

  • Mariusz Paradowski
  • Halina Kwasnicka
  • Krzysztof Borysewicz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5712)


Capillaroscopy is a branch of medicine which allows to diagnose various kinds of rheumatic diseases on the basis of observation of visual properties of nail-fold capillaries. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels of various shapes and sizes. Blood vessel tortuosity is one of medical signs. The paper presents a novel blood vessel tortuosity measure designed for capillary analysis. It represents the vessel as a graph and utilizes non-directional and directional traversal algorithms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariusz Paradowski
    • 1
  • Halina Kwasnicka
    • 1
  • Krzysztof Borysewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of InformaticsWroclaw University of TechnologyPoland
  2. 2.Department of Rheumatology and Internal DiseasesWroclaw Medical UniversityPoland

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