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Memetic improved cuckoo search algorithm for automatic B-spline border approximation of cutaneous melanoma from macroscopic medical images

Abstract: This work follows up a previous paper at conference Cyberworlds 2018 for automatic border approximation of cutaneous melanoma and other skin lesions from macroscopic medical images. Given a set of feature points on the boundary of the skin lesion obtained by a dermatologist, we introduce a new method for automatic least-squares B-spline curve fitting of such feature points. The method is based on the original cuckoo search algorithm used in the conference paper but with three major modifications: (1) we use an enhanced version of the algorithm in which the parameters change dynamically with the generations; (2) this improved method is coupled with the Luus-Jaakola local search heuristics for better performance; (3) the original Bézier curves are now replaced by the more powerful and more general B-spline curves, providing extra flexibility and lower polynomial degree. The new method (called memetic improved cuckoo search algorithm) has been applied to a benchmark comprised of ten medical images of skin lesions. The computer results show that it performs very well and yields a border curve enclosing the lesion and fitting the feature points with good accuracy. Furthermore, a comparison with ten alternative methods in the literature (six standard mathematical methods for B-spline fitting, two state-of-the art methods in medical imaging, the method in our conference paper and the non-memetic version of our new method) shows that it outperforms all these methods in terms of numerical accuracy for the instances in our reference benchmark.

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 Fuente: Advanced Engineering Informatics Volume 43, January 2020, 101005

Editorial: Elsevier Limited

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2020

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1016/j.aei.2019.101005

ISSN: 1474-0346,1873-5320

Proyecto español: TIN2017-89275

Proyecto europeo: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/778035/EU/PDE-based geometric modelling, image processing, and shape reconstruction/PDE-GIR/

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2019.101005