Characterisation of Feature Points in Eye Fundus Images

  • D. Calvo
  • M. Ortega
  • M. G. Penedo
  • J. Rouco
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5856)


The retinal vessel tree adds decisive knowledge in the diagnosis of numerous opthalmologic pathologies such as hypertension or diabetes. One of the problems in the analysis of the retinal vessel tree is the lack of information in terms of vessels depth as the image acquisition usually leads to a 2D image. This situation provokes a scenario where two different vessels coinciding in a point could be interpreted as a vessel forking into a bifurcation. That is why, for traking and labelling the retinal vascular tree, bifurcations and crossovers of vessels are considered feature points. In this work a novel method for these retinal vessel tree feature points detection and classification is introduced. The method applies image techniques such as filters or thinning to obtain the adequate structure to detect the points and sets a classification of these points studying its environment. The methodology is tested using a standard database and the results show high classification capabilities.


Feature points classification of features retinal images 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Calvo
    • 1
  • M. Ortega
    • 1
  • M. G. Penedo
    • 1
  • J. Rouco
    • 1
  1. 1.VARPA Group, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of A CoruñaSpain

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