Attention Based Fully Convolutional Neural Network for Simultaneous Detection and Segmentation of Optic Disc in Retinal Fundus Images
Accurate segmentation of the optic disc is very
important for computer-aided diagnosis of several ocular diseases
such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and hypertensive retinopathy.
The paper presents an accurate and fast optic disc detection and
segmentation method using an attention based fully convolutional
network. The network is trained from scratch using the fundus images
of extended MESSIDOR database and the trained model is used for
segmentation of optic disc. The false positives are removed based on
morphological operation and shape features. The result is evaluated
using three-fold cross-validation on six public fundus image databases
such as DIARETDB0, DIARETDB1, DRIVE, AV-INSPIRE, CHASE
DB1 and MESSIDOR. The attention based fully convolutional
network is robust and effective for detection and segmentation of
optic disc in the images affected by diabetic retinopathy and it
outperforms existing techniques.