Automatic Detection of Blood Vessels in Retinal OCT Images

  • Joaquim de MouraEmail author
  • Jorge Novo
  • José Rouco
  • M. G. Penedo
  • Marcos Ortega
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10338)


The eye is a non-invasive window where clinicians can observe and study in vivo the retinal vasculature, allowing the early detection of different relevant pathologies. In this paper, we present a complete methodology for the automatic vascular detection in retinal OCT images. To achieve this, we analyse the intensity profiles between representative layers of the retina, layers that are previously segmented. Then, we propose the use of two threshold-based strategies for vessel detection, a fixed and an adaptive approach. Both methods have been tested and validated with 128 OCT images, that include 560 vessels that were labelled by an ophthalmologist. The approaches provided satisfactory results, facilitating the doctors’ work and allowing better analysis and treatment of vascular diseases.


Computer-aided diagnosis Retinal imaging Optical coherence tomography Vessel detection 



This work is supported by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III of the Spanish Government and FEDER funds of the European Union through the PI14/02161 and the DTS15/00153 research projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joaquim de Moura
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorge Novo
    • 1
  • José Rouco
    • 1
  • M. G. Penedo
    • 1
  • Marcos Ortega
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ComputingUniversity of A CoruñaA CoruñaSpain

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