IEEE Journal of Biomedical Health Informatics Special Issue on Skin Lesion Image Analysis for Melanoma Detection
ecelebi - Posted on March 31, 2017 at 8:40 am. Updated on March 31, 2017 at 8:40 am.
Invasive and in-situ malignant melanoma together comprise one of the most rapidly increasing cancers in the world. Invasive melanoma alone has an estimated incidence of 87,110 and of 9,730 deaths in the United States in 2017. Early diagnosis is critical, as melanoma can be effectively treated with simple excision if detected early.
In the past, the primary form of diagnosis for melanoma has been unaided clinical examination, which has limited and variable accuracy, leading to significant challenges both in the early detection of disease and the minimization of unnecessary biospies. In recent years, dermoscopy has improved the diagnostic capability of trained specialists. However, dermoscopy remains difficult to learn, and several studies have demonstrated limits of dermoscopy when proper training is not administered. In addition, even with sufficient training, analyses remain highly subjective.
Newer imaging technologies such as infrared imaging, multispectral imaging, and confocal microscopy, have recently come to the forefront in providing the potential for greater diagnostic accuracy. In addition, various research studies have been focused on developing algorithms for the automated analysis of skin lesion images. Combinations of such technologies have the potential to serve as adjuncts to physicians, improving clinical management, especially for patients with a high degree of lesion burden.
This special issue aims to cover all aspects of skin lesion image analysis. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Novel and emerging imaging technologies
- Image enhancement
- Image registration
- Image segmentation
- Feature extraction
- Image classification
- Hardware systems
We are particularly interested in studies that make their data sets and software publicly available.
Please note that new submissions are required to be at least 70% different from any other publications. For detailed manuscript preparation/submission instructions, please visit http://jbhi.embs.org/for-authors/prepare-and-submit-your-manuscript/
M. Emre Celebi
University of Central Arkansas
ecelebi AT uca DOT edu
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
nccodell AT us DOT ibm DOT com
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
halperna AT mskcc DOT org
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
dinggang_shen AT med DOT unc DOT edu
Submission of initial manuscripts: October 1, 2017
Initial notifications: December 1, 2017
Submission of revised manuscripts: February 1, 2018
Final notifications: March 1, 2018