What Is the Role of Color in Dermoscopy Analysis?

  • Margarida Ruela
  • Catarina Barata
  • Teresa Mendonça
  • Jorge S. Marques
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7887)


The aim of this work is to assess what is the role of color features in Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) systems for melanoma classification. This assessment was performed by developing two CAD systems, each based on a different feature extraction method, whose classification is solely based on color features. The best performance (SE = 100% and SP = 93%) was achieved by both systems by using the unidimensional color histogram as the image descriptor and images represented in the opponent color space. These results show that color features play a major role in dermoscopy analysis.


Skin Lesions Melanoma Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) system Color Features Feature extraction Lesion Classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margarida Ruela
    • 1
  • Catarina Barata
    • 1
  • Teresa Mendonça
    • 2
  • Jorge S. Marques
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Systems and RoboticsInstituto Superior TecnicoLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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