Automatic Classification of Artery/Vein from Single Wavelength Fundus Images

P. Kevin Raj, Aniketh Manjunath, J. R.Harish Kumar, Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula

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Vessels are regions of prominent interest in retinal fundus images. Classification of vessels into arteries and veins can be used to assess the oxygen saturation level, which is one of the indicators for the risk of stroke, condition of diabetic retinopathy, and hypertension. In practice, dual-wavelength images are obtained to emphasize arteries and veins separately. In this paper, we propose an automated technique for the classification of arteries and veins from single-wavelength fundus images using convolutional neural networks employing the ResNet-50 backbone and squeeze-excite blocks. We formulate the artery-vein identification problem as a three-class classification problem where each pixel is labeled as belonging to an artery, vein, or the background. The proposed method is trained on publicly available fundus image datasets, namely RITE, LES-AV, IOSTAR, and cross-validated on the HRF dataset. The standard performance metrics, such as average sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and area under the curve for the datasets mentioned above, are 92.8%, 93.4%, 93.4%, and 97.5%, respectively, which are superior to the state-of-the-art methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBI 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538693308
Publication statusPublished - 04-2020
Event17th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2020 - Iowa City, United States
Duration: 03-04-202007-04-2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
ISSN (Print)1945-7928
ISSN (Electronic)1945-8452


Conference17th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIowa City

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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