Brain tissue analysis using texture features based on optical coherence tomography images

Lenz, M. and Krug, R. and DIllmann, C. and Gerhardt, N.C. and Welp, H. and Schmieder, K. and Hofmann, M.R.

Volume: 10483 Pages:
DOI: 10.1117/12.2292032
Published: 2018

Brain tissue differentiation is highly demanded in neurosurgeries, i.e. tumor resection. Exact navigation during the surgery is essential in order to guarantee best life quality afterwards. So far, no suitable method has been found that perfectly covers this demands. With optical coherence tomography (OCT), fast three dimensional images can be obtained in vivo and contactless with a resolution of 1-15 μm. With these specifications OCT is a promising tool to support neurosurgeries. Here, we investigate ex vivo samples of meningioma, healthy white and healthy gray matter in a preliminary study towards in vivo brain tumor removal assistance. Raw OCT images already display structural variations for different tissue types, especially meningioma. But, in order to achieve neurosurgical guidance directly during resection, an automated differentiation approach is desired. For this reason, we employ different texture feature based algorithms, perform a Principal Component Analysis afterwards and then train a Support Vector Machine classifier. In the future we will try different combinations of texture features and perform in vivo measurements in order to validate our findings. © COPYRIGHT SPIE. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

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