A New EYENET Model for Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A New EYENET Model for Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Priya Kandan (Annamalai University, India) and P. Aruna (Annamalai University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9685-3.ch017
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Age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease, that gradually degrades the macula, a part of the retina, which is responsible for central vision. It occurs in one of the two types, DRY and WET age-related macular degeneration. In this chapter, to diagnose Age-related macular degeneration, the authors have proposed a new EYENET model which was obtained by combining the modified PNN and modified RBFNN and hence it poses the advantages of both the models. The amount of the disease spread in the retina can be identified by extracting the features of the retina. A total of 250 fundus images were used, out of which 150 were used for training and 100 images were used for testing. Experimental results show that PNN has an accuracy of 87%, modified PNN has an accuracy of 90% RBFNN has an accuracy of 80%, modified RBFNN has an accuracy of 85% and the proposed EYENET Model has an accuracy of 94%. This infers that the proposed EYENET model outperforms all other models.
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Age-related macular degeneration [ARMD] is defined as an ocular disease leading to loss of central vision in the elderly stage. Therefore, regular Screening of ARMD affected patients retina is very important. With the advent of computing techniques, the automated segmentation and analysis is expected to support the ophthalmologist in the clinical decision making process. Automated or computer-assisted analysis of ARMD affected patients retina can help eye care specialist to screen larger populations of patients. Dry ARMD is characterized by thinning of the retina and drusen, small yellowish-white deposits that form with-in the retina. It results in slow, gradual progressive “dimming” of the central vision. Wet ARMD is characterized by abnormal growth of new blood vessel under the retina called “Neovascularization”. Blood vessels are unusually weak in their structure and prone to leaky and be easily break and bleed. During the recent years, there have been many studies on automatic diagnosis of ARMD using several features and techniques.

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