Paper 12.030

S. Anwar et al., "3D Skin Texture Analysis: A Neural Network and Photometric Stereo Perspective", in Proc. of 3rd Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012, pp. 30-40,


3D Skin Texture Analysis: A Neural Network and Photometric Stereo Perspective


Shahzad ANWAR, Lyndon N. SMITH, Melvyn L. SMITH

Machine Vision Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK


Cancerous skin lesions often exhibit irregular and non-axisymmetric morphologies and 3D textures, which are difficult to detect using existing techniques. Consequently, this paper describes the employment of a novel technique incorporating Multilayer perceptron (MLP) Neural Network (NN) and photometric stereo (PS) techniques for the analysis of complex lesions. The analyses of surface normal data (tilt and slant angles), for measurement of the degree of 3D skin surface disruption can provide potentially useful indicators for melanoma. Here this was achieved by replacing the axisymmetric 3D hemispherical profile with NN models of irregular lesion morphologies. PS was used to recover surface data and a NN was used to model the underlying forms of complex morphologies and irregular 3D textures. Initially, application of the method to three types of lesion resulted in an average difference (in slant angle) between the NN output and the actual surface normal of: 1.02, 2.11 and 2.86 degrees for axisymmetric, irregular and complex lesions, respectively. The proposed method performance was significantly better when compared to other methods. The experimental study performed shows the effectiveness of the proposed method, with ROC area under the curve of 84% to 88%.


3D clinical imaging, Photometric Stereo, bump map Neural Network


Full paper: 12.030.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBST 2012, 16-17 Oct. 2012, Lugano, Switzerland
Pages: 30-40

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