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MA and normal strips of 20 subjects with diabetic retinopathy captured via Heidelberg device

This dataset consists of MA and normal areas separated from OCT B-scans images of 20 diabetic retinopathy patients by the Heidelberg device. The mentioned data set has been used for automatic detection of microaneurysm.
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) caused by diabetes occurs as a result of changes in the retinal vessels and causes visual impairment. Microaneurysms (MAs) are the early clinical signs of DR, whose timely diagnosis can help detecting DR in the early stages of its development. It has been observed that MAs are more common in the inner retinal layers compared to the outer retinal layers in eyes suffering from DR. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive imaging technique that provides a cross-sectional view of the retina, and it has been used in recent years to diagnose many eye diseases. As a result, this paper attempts to identify areas with MA from normal areas of the retina using OCT images. This work is done using the dataset collected from FA and OCT images of 20 patients with DR. In this regard, firstly fluorescein angiography (FA) and OCT images were registered. Then, the MA and normal areas were separated, and the features of each of these areas were extracted using the Bag of Features (BOF) approach with the Speeded-Up Robust Feature (SURF) descriptor. Finally, the classification process was performed using a multilayer perceptron network. For each of the criteria of accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and precision, the obtained results were 96.33%, 97.33%, 95.4%, and 95.28%, respectively. Utilizing OCT images to detect MAs automatically is a new idea, and the results obtained as preliminary research in this field are promising.

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