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This paper presents a parallel implementation based on insight segmentation and registration toolkit for a multiscale feature extraction and region growing algorithm, applied to retinal blood vessels segmentation. This implementation is capable of achieving an accuracy (Ac) comparable to its serial counterpart (about 92%), but 8 to 10 times faster. In this paper, the Ac of this parallel implementation is evaluated by comparison with expert manual segmentation (obtained from public databases). On the other hand, its performance is compared with previous published serial implementations. Both these characteristics make this parallel implementation feasible for the analysis of a larger amount of high-resolution retinal images, achieving a faster and high-quality segmentation of retinal blood vessels.
Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:14 , Issue: 2 )
Date of Publication: March 2010