Dual-model automatic detection of nerve-fibres in corneal confocal microscopy images Conference Paper uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cornea
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
  • Diabetic Neuropathies
  • Nerve Fibers
  • Sensation


  • Corneal Confocal Microscopy (CCM) imaging is a non-invasive surrogate of detecting, quantifying and monitoring diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This paper presents an automated method for detecting nerve-fibres from CCM images using a dual-model detection algorithm and compares the performance to well-established texture and feature detection methods. The algorithm comprises two separate models, one for the background and another for the foreground (nerve-fibres), which work interactively. Our evaluation shows significant improvement (p ≈ 0) in both error rate and signal-to-noise ratio of this model over the competitor methods. The automatic method is also evaluated in comparison with manual ground truth analysis in assessing diabetic neuropathy on the basis of nerve-fibre length, and shows a strong correlation (r = 0.92). Both analyses significantly separate diabetic patients from control subjects (p ≈ 0). © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

publication date

  • November 22, 2010



  • Conference Paper


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-642-15705-9_37

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 300

end page

  • 307


  • 6361 LNCS


  • PART 1