Conference Proceeding

Detection of retinal hemorrhages in the presence of blood vessels

  • Garima Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Keerthi Ram (Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre)
  • S. Kulasekaran (Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre)
  • Niranjan Joshi (Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre)
  • Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • Rashmin Gandhi (Centre for Sight)


Segmentation of hemorrhages helps in improving the efficiency of computer assisted image analysis of diseases like diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy. Hemorrhages are blood leakages lying in close proximity to blood vessels, which makes their delineation from blood vessels challenging. We use multiresolution morphological processing with a view of achieving perceptual grouping of the hemorrhagic candidates occurring in variable shapes, sizes and textures. We propose a novel method of suppression of candidates lying on blood vessels while attaining a good segmentation of true hemorrhages including the ones attached to the vessels. Evaluated on 191 images having different degrees of pathological severity, our method achieved > 82% sensitivity at < 7 false positives per image (FPPI). We further observe that the sensitivity is higher for candidates with bigger sizes.

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Gupta, G. & Ram, K. & Kulasekaran, S. & Joshi, N. & Sivaprakasam, M. & Gandhi, R., (2014) “Detection of retinal hemorrhages in the presence of blood vessels”, Proceedings of the Ophthalmic Medical Image Analysis International Workshop 1(2014), 105-112. doi:

Rights: Copyright © 2014, Garima Gupta, Keerthi Ram, S. Kulasekaran, Niranjan Joshi, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam and Rashmin Gandhi.

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Published on
14 Sep 2014
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