Brain tumors detection and segmentation in MR images: Gabor wavelet vs. statistical features

Nooshin Nabizadeh, Miroslav Kubat

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Automated recognition of brain tumors in magnetic resonance images (MRI) is a difficult procedure owing to the variability and complexity of the location, size, shape, and texture of these lesions. Because of intensity similarities between brain lesions and normal tissues, some approaches make use of multi-spectral anatomical MRI scans. However, the time and cost restrictions for collecting multi-spectral MRI scans and some other difficulties necessitate developing an approach that can detect tumor tissues using a single-spectral anatomical MRI images. In this paper, we present a fully automatic system, which is able to detect slices that include tumor and, to delineate the tumor area. The experimental results on single contrast mechanism demonstrate the efficacy of our proposed technique in successfully segmenting brain tumor tissues with high accuracy and low computational complexity. Moreover, we include a study evaluating the efficacy of statistical features over Gabor wavelet features using several classifiers. This contribution fills the gap in the literature, as is the first to compare these sets of features for tumor segmentation applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-301
Number of pages16
JournalComputers and Electrical Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery
  • Gabor wavelet features
  • Lesion detection/segmentation
  • MR imaging
  • Statistical features
  • T1-weighted

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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