Lesion border detection in dermoscopy images

M. Emre Celebi*, Hitoshi Iyatomi, Gerald Schaefer, William V. Stoecker

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Background: Dermoscopy is one of the major imaging modalities used in the diagnosis of melanoma and other pigmented skin lesions. Due to the difficulty and subjectivity of human interpretation, computerized analysis of dermoscopy images has become an important research area. One of the most important steps in dermoscopy image analysis is the automated detection of lesion borders.

    Methods: In this article, we present a systematic overview of the recent border detection methods in the literature paying particular attention to computational issues and evaluation aspects.

    Conclusion: Common problems with the existing approaches include the acquisition, size, and diagnostic distribution of the test image set, the evaluation of the results, and the inadequate description of the employed methods. Border determination by dermatologists appears to depend upon higher-level knowledge, therefore it is likely that the incorporation of domain knowledge in automated methods will enable them to perform better, especially in sets of images with a variety of diagnoses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)148-153
    Number of pages6
    JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
    Issue number2
    Early online date3 Jan 2009
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


    • border detection
    • computer-aided diagnosis
    • dermoscopy
    • melanoma
    • skin cancer


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