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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 556; doi:10.3390/s18020556

Skin Lesion Analysis towards Melanoma Detection Using Deep Learning Network

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Computer Vision Institute, College of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Guangdong Key Laboratory of Intelligent Information Processing, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 February 2018 / Published: 11 February 2018
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Abstract

Skin lesions are a severe disease globally. Early detection of melanoma in dermoscopy images significantly increases the survival rate. However, the accurate recognition of melanoma is extremely challenging due to the following reasons: low contrast between lesions and skin, visual similarity between melanoma and non-melanoma lesions, etc. Hence, reliable automatic detection of skin tumors is very useful to increase the accuracy and efficiency of pathologists. In this paper, we proposed two deep learning methods to address three main tasks emerging in the area of skin lesion image processing, i.e., lesion segmentation (task 1), lesion dermoscopic feature extraction (task 2) and lesion classification (task 3). A deep learning framework consisting of two fully convolutional residual networks (FCRN) is proposed to simultaneously produce the segmentation result and the coarse classification result. A lesion index calculation unit (LICU) is developed to refine the coarse classification results by calculating the distance heat-map. A straight-forward CNN is proposed for the dermoscopic feature extraction task. The proposed deep learning frameworks were evaluated on the ISIC 2017 dataset. Experimental results show the promising accuracies of our frameworks, i.e., 0.753 for task 1, 0.848 for task 2 and 0.912 for task 3 were achieved. View Full-Text
Keywords: skin lesion classification; melanoma recognition; deep convolutional network; fully-convolutional residual network skin lesion classification; melanoma recognition; deep convolutional network; fully-convolutional residual network
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Li, Y.; Shen, L. Skin Lesion Analysis towards Melanoma Detection Using Deep Learning Network. Sensors 2018, 18, 556.

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