Computer aided diagnosis of degenerative intervertebral disc diseases from lumbar MR images

OKTAY A. B. , Albayrak N. B. , Akgul Y. S.

COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL IMAGING AND GRAPHICS, cilt.38, ss.613-619, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.04.006
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.613-619


This paper presents a novel method for the automated diagnosis of the degenerative intervertebral disc disease in midsagittal MR images. The approach is based on combining distinct disc features under a machine learning framework. The discs in the lumbar MR images are first localized and segmented. Then, intensity, shape, context, and texture features of the discs are extracted with various techniques. A Support Vector Machine classifier is applied to classify the discs as normal or degenerated. The method is tested and validated on a clinical lumbar spine dataset containing 102 subjects and the results are comparable to the state of the art. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.