Automated segmentation of pigmented skin lesions in multispectral imaging

Mauro Carrara, Stefano Tomatis, Aldo Bono, Cesare Bartoli, Daniele Moglia, Manuela Lualdi, Ambrogio Colombo, Mario Santinami, Renato Marchesini

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The aim of this study was to develop an algorithm for the automatic segmentation of multispectral images of pigmented skin lesions. The study involved 1700 patients with 1856 cutaneous pigmented lesions, which were analysed in vivo by a novel spectrophotometric system, before excision. The system is able to acquire a set of 15 different multispectral images at equally spaced wavelengths between 483 and 951 nm. An original segmentation algorithm was developed and applied to the whole set of lesions and was able to automatically contour them all. The obtained lesion boundaries were shown to two expert clinicians, who, independently, rejected 54 of them. The 97.1% contour accuracy indicates that the developed algorithm could be a helpful and effective instrument for the automatic segmentation of skin pigmented lesions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 21 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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