Automatic Estimation of the Arteriolar-to-Venular Ratio in Retinal Images Using a Graph-Based Approach for Artery/Vein Classification
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The Arteriolar-to-Venular Ratio (AVR) is a well known index for the diagnosis of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular pathologies. This paper presents a fully automatic AVR estimation method which uses a graph-based artery/vein classification approach to classify the retinal vessels by a combination of structural information taken from the vasculature graph with intensity features from the original color image. This method was evaluated on the images of the INSPIRE-AVR dataset. The mean error and the correlation coefficient of obtained results with respect to the reference AVR values were identical to the ones obtained by the second observer using a semi-automated system, which demonstrate the potential of the herein proposed solution for clinical application.
KeywordsArtery/Vein classification Arteriolar-to-Venular Ratio Optic disc detection Retinal images Vessel segmentation
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