Wavelet based feature extraction and visualization in hyperspectral tissue characterization
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Original versionBiomedical Optics Express 2014, 5(12):4260-4280 10.1364/BOE.5.004260
Hyperspectral images of tissue contain extensive and complex information relevant for clinical applications. In this work, wavelet decomposition is explored for feature extraction from such data. Wavelet methods are simple and computationally effective, and can be implemented in real-time. The aim of this study was to correlate results from wavelet decomposition in the spectral domain with physical parameters (tissue oxygenation, blood and melanin content). Wavelet decomposition was tested on Monte Carlo simulations, measurements of a tissue phantom and hyperspectral data from a human volunteer during an occlusion experiment. Reflectance spectra were decomposed, and the coefficients were correlated to tissue parameters. This approach was used to identify wavelet components that can be utilized to map levels of blood, melanin and oxygen saturation. The results show a significant correlation (p <0.02) between the chosen tissue parameters and the selected wavelet components. The tissue parameters could be mapped using a subset of the calculated components due to redundancy in spectral information. Vessel structures are well visualized. Wavelet analysis appears as a promising tool for extraction of spectral features in skin. Future studies will aim at developing quantitative mapping of optical properties based on wavelet decomposition.