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Automated segmentation of regions of interest from thermal images of hands

Gauci, Jean, Falzon, Owen, Camilleri, Kenneth P., Formosa, Cynthia, Gatt, Alfred, Ellul, Christian, Mizzi, Stephen, Mizzi, Anabelle, Cassar, Kevin, Sturgeon, Cassandra and CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan (2017) Automated segmentation of regions of interest from thermal images of hands. Conference proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.. pp. 3822-3826. ISSN 1557-170X

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Thermal imaging can provide an image of the surface temperature of an object in a non-contact and noninvasive manner, making it particularly appealing for use in medical applications. In applications where it is desirable to extract temperature data from anatomical regions of interest (ROIs) in a standardised and consistent manner, the use of automated segmentation and analysis techniques can provide a faster, more reliable and more consistent approach than manual segmentation of these ROIs. In this paper we present an algorithm which automatically extracts temperature data from eight ROIs in thermal images of the volar aspect of human hands. The algorithm first identifies the hand from the background in the thermal image and then identifies pixels which make up the fingers and the palm. Finally, eight ROIs are extracted from the identified regions. The methods proposed in this work can also be extended for the processing of similar visual images.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 09:13
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4478

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