Multi-scale classification based lesion segmentation for dermoscopic images
This paper presents a robust segmentation method based on multi-scale classification to identify the lesion boundary in dermoscopic images. Our proposed method leverages a collection of classifiers which are trained at various resolutions to categorize each pixel as 'lesion' or 'surrounding skin'. In detection phase, trained classifiers are applied on new images. The classifier outputs are fused at pixel level to build probability maps which represent lesion saliency maps. In the next step, Otsu thresholding is applied to convert the saliency maps to binary masks, which determine the border of the lesions. We compared our proposed method with existing lesion segmentation methods proposed in the literature using two dermoscopy data sets (International Skin Imaging Collaboration and Pedro Hispano Hospital) which demonstrates the superiority of our method with Dice Coefficient of 0.91 and accuracy of 94%.