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Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 6144




61445A (1-9)

Conference Name

Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing, February 11-16, 2006, San Diego, California


We present a hybrid committee classifier for computer-aided detection (CAD) of colonic polyps in CT colonography (CTC). The classifier involved an ensemble of support vector machines (SVM) and neural networks (NN) for classification, a progressive search algorithm for selecting a set of features used by the SVMs and a floating search algorithm for selecting features used by the NNs. A total of 102 quantitative features were calculated for each polyp candidate found by a prototype CAD system. 3 features were selected for each of 7 SVM classifiers which were then combined to form a committee of SVMs classifier. Similarly, features (numbers varied from 10-20) were selected for 11 NN classifiers which were again combined to form a NN committee classifier. Finally, a hybrid committee classifier was defined by combining the outputs of both the SVM and NN committees. The method was tested on CTC scans (supine and prone views) of 29 patients, in terms of the partial area under a free response receiving operation characteristic (FROC) curve (AUC). Our results showed that the hybrid committee classifier performed the best for the prone scans and was comparable to other classifiers for the supine scans.


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Original Publication Citation

Li, J., Yao, J., Petrick, N., Summers, R. M., & Hara, A. K. (2006) Hybrid committee classifier for a computerized colonic polyp detection system. In J.M. Reinhardt & Josien P.W. Pluim (Eds.), Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 6144 (61445A). SPIE.


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