Joost Koehoorn, André Sobiecki, Paulo Rauber, Andrei Jalba, Alexandru Telea
March 4, 2016
We propose a method for digital hair removal from dermoscopic images, based on a threshold-set model. For every threshold, we adapt a recent gap-detection algorithm to find hairs, and merge results in a single mask image.We find hairs in this mask by combining morphological filters and medial descriptors.We derive robust parameter values for our method from over 300 skin images.We detail a GPU implementation of our method and show how it compares favorably with five existing hair removal methods, in terms of removing both long and stubble hair of various colors, contrasts, and curvature. We also discuss qualitative and quantitative validations of the produced hair-free images, and show how our method effectively addresses the task of automatic skin-tumor segmentation for hair-occluded images.