Region extraction method for skin grafts via image analysis

Daijiro Wada, Soichiro Kato, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Toshiyuki Tanaka

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Abstract

Dermal grafts are used for patients with severe burn injuries whose natural healing abilities are limited or exhausted. This paper proposes a method to segment burnt and grafted areas from images with meshed grafts. First, RGB colour input images are converted to images in the L*a*b* colour space. The transformed images are then segmented with the simple linear iterative clustering superpixel algorithm. Subsequently, the burnt and grafted areas are classified with a support vector machine, and the output area size is modified for all burnt areas. The segmentation results are compared with the areas identified by two dermatologists based on the concordance rate (CR), positive predictive value (PPV), sensitivity, and F-measure values. The proposed segmentation method yielded CRs equal to 84.3 % and 85.9 %, PPVs equal to 87.2 % and 87.9 %, sensitivities equal to 84.7 % and 86.4 %, and F-measure values equal to 85.8 % and 87.0 %. This study developed a segmentation method for classifying burnt and grafted areas from images with meshed grafts. The segmented areas obtained were significantly consistent with those identified by the two dermatologists.

Keywords

  • evaluation method
  • image analysis
  • Skin graft
  • super pixel
  • support vector machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications

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