Image Understanding from Experts' Eyes by Modeling Perceptual Skill of Diagnostic Reasoning Processes

Rui Li, Pengcheng Shi, Anne R. Haake; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 2187-2194

Abstract


Eliciting and representing experts' remarkable perceptual capability of locating, identifying and categorizing objects in images specific to their domains of expertise will benefit image understanding in terms of transferring human domain knowledge and perceptual expertise into image-based computational procedures. In this paper, we present a hierarchical probabilistic framework to summarize the stereotypical and idiosyncratic eye movement patterns shared within 11 board-certified dermatologists while they are examining and diagnosing medical images. Each inferred eye movement pattern characterizes the similar temporal and spatial properties of its corresponding segments of the experts' eye movement sequences. We further discover a subset of distinctive eye movement patterns which are commonly exhibited across multiple images. Based on the combinations of the exhibitions of these eye movement patterns, we are able to categorize the images from the perspective of experts' viewing strategies. In each category, images share similar lesion distributions and configurations. The performance of our approach shows that modeling physicians' diagnostic viewing behaviors informs about medical images' understanding to correct diagnosis.

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@InProceedings{Li_2013_CVPR,
author = {Li, Rui and Shi, Pengcheng and Haake, Anne R.},
title = {Image Understanding from Experts' Eyes by Modeling Perceptual Skill of Diagnostic Reasoning Processes},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}
}