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A thesis presented to the College of Engineering of

FEU Institute of Technology

In partial fulfillment of requirements for the

degree of Bachelor of Science in Electronics
and Communications Engineering

Cordova, Mark Joseph M.
Gan, Benjamin Franklin
Delos Reyes, Jayson Z.
Mateo, Lawrence Ray
Maupoy, Jhon Paul C.

Engr. Luigi Carlo De Jesus


Engr. Pocholo James M. Loresco,PECE


Chapter 1
1.1 Background of the Study
Essential checking for our well-being is important in order for us to keep track of
our health status. This study entitled Supplementary Pneumonia Detection via X-ray
Images through MATLAB is designed to providespecialists a more effective and
convenient way of detecting pneumonia.
Based from the data gathered by the researchers, radiologists are having a hard
time on detecting pneumonia accurately due to the lack of proper equipments which leads
to misdiagnosing of disease. With the help of the advancement of computer technology,
medical experts incorporate the use of image processing to deliver concrete results
through chest X-ray. Image processing techniques are widely used in several medical
fields for image enhancement in earlier detection and treatment stages of the
patients.However, the traditional manual procedure of chest X-ray is still not enough to
produce a high accurate result because of image quality illumination.
From the stated facts above, the proponents came up with the idea of incorporating
the used of matrix laboratory (MATLAB). The proposed system is a supplementary
device that will capture chest X-ray films and digitized the image to be transferred to
MATLAB software. It will employ lung segmentation, extraction and selection. The
proposed system will have a constant database stockpiling that will store pictures for
further investigation of the result.

1.2 Statement of the Problem

According to Dr. Mario E. Sarmenta and Dr. Socorro Ferias from the Radiology
Office in the Philippines Childrens Medical Center, one of their most common problem
they encounter during pneumonia detection is when a part of chest X-ray is underexposed
or overexposed. An underexposed chest X-ray result has a low density number and is
white or lighter without enough image details while an overexposed chest X-ray result
means the image is too dark to be read and some image details are lost due to being
burned out to radiation that leads to misdiagnosis of disease.
In addition, according to Dr. Sarmenta another problem they encounter that
contributes to misdiagnosing of disease is theiroutdatedequipment that may have an
inaccurate result. Aside from that, the skill of the radiologistis also another factor to be
consider. The ability of the radiologist is also important in order to avoid any errors
during test diagnosis. He also mentioned that another issue they are encountering in the
Radiology Department was it takes days before they can determine the patient to
havepneumonia because in some cases, there are procedures that were need to review
regarding with the related pathology especially difficult cases.They also consider the
history of each patient before they can diagnose it with pneumonia.
This study Supplementary Pneumonia Detection System via X-ray Images
through MATLAB, will attempt to solve the following problems:

Scarcity of spare parts

The misdiagnosis of disease due overexposed and underexposed images

The longer time duration of releasing the results

1.3 Objectives of the Study

The general objective of this study is to design and implement a supplementary
pneumonia detection system via X-ray through MATLAB.

Specific Objective

To develop a system that will aid radiologists to produce an reliable chest

X-ray result

To develop a program that can be able to employ lung segmentation,

feature extraction and feature classification of a chest X-ray image through

To provide radiologists in obtaining faster result in detecting pneumonia

using X-ray images from patients

To lessen time consume and errors by performing statistical analysis of the


1.4 Scope and Limitations

The main scope of this study is to identify and characterize pneumonia patterns by
analyzing the input X-ray image then use the pattern to compare on an actual chest X-ray
of the patient. The system is designed to determine whether the chest X-ray of the patient
is infected with pneumonia based on the pattern and characterization gathered from
several chest X-ray images that contains actual pneumonia. By using the proposed
system, misdiagnosis of the disease will be reduce and the accuracy of the chest X-ray
result will be enhance.

The proposed system is capable of capturing images from a chest X-ray which
includes buzzer to detect whether the X-ray is properly attached to the hardware and
ready to be captured. The suggested dimension of the input will be 14x7 inches which
will also be used on the testing of the hardware. The system will also make use of
Arduino Uno board with ATMEGA 383 microcontroller that will control and send the
capture images to the computer. The image format that the proposed system will produce
will have an extension of JPEG or JPG format so it will be supported by MATLABs
formats for import and export.
The operating system that will be used in this project shall not be lower than
Windows 7 with an Intel or AMD x86 processor supporting SSE2 instruction set. The
recommended RAM should at least be 2048MB and the Hard Drive space should be 1GB
for MATLAB only and 3 to 4GB free space is needed for MATLAB installation. The
MATLAB version that will be used will not be lower than version (R2010a).
The proposed system is limited only on detecting patterns of pneumonia and does
not include other diseases. If the chest X-ray of the patient does not have any signs of
pneumonia, it will be categorized as healthy or if the system determines other patterns
that is not the same with pneumonia, it will be categorized with other disease.
1.5 Significance of the Study
This study is designed to provide a pneumonia detection system via X-ray images
through MATLAB. It will be very beneficial for doctors and lab technicians as it can be
used to diagnose patientswith pneumonia faster and accurately to produce reliable results.
This study is also relevant for students especially for medical students in order for
them to gain more knowledge about pneumonia and also about the field of radiology.

They can used this study as a reference or research material to further investigate the
methods of detecting pneumonia.
The study will also be significant for future researchers who will also attempt to
conduct future study about pneumonia detection as it will serve as a good reference for
the development of their study.
1.6 Definition of Terms
Conventional is based on or in accordance with what is generally done or
Database is a structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is
accessible in various ways.
Digitized is to put data (images etc.) into digital form.
Employ is to use something to work; to make use of.
Extraction is the action of taking out something, especially using effort or force.
Image Processing is the analysis and manipulation of a digitized image, especially
in order to improve its quality.
MATLAB (Matrix Laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing
environment and fourth-generation programming language developed by MathWorks.
Misdiagnosis is an incorrect diagnosis due to some medical malpractice and or
Radiation is the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves or as moving
subatomic particles, especially high-energy particles that cause ionization.
Radiologist are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating
diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques such as x-rays, computed

tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron

emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
Segmentation is the process of dividing something into parts or segments.
Stockpiling is the act of storing for future use, usually carefully accrued and
Supplementary is something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency,
or extend or strengthen the whole.
System is a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in
particular. A set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an
organized scheme or method.

Chapter 2
Review of Related Works and Literature
2.1 Foreign Literature
2.1.1 HIRA-TAN: A real-time PCR-based System for the Rapid Identification of
Causative Agents in Pneumonia
Takashi Hirama, Shohei Minezaki (2013).HIRA-TAN: A real-time PCR-based system for
the rapid identification of causative agents in pneumonia, Odaiba, Japan.
According to this article written by Mr. Takahashi Hirama and Mr. Shohei
Minezaki, the case of pneumonia is increasing the past centuries and was notably the
main cause of deaths by many. Different medical tests such as antigen tests and paired
antibody titers etc. all failed to know and identify the reason of the causative pathogens of
the disease. According to them, in order to effectively identify the causative pathogens of
pneumonia, a quick identification using the HIRA-TAN system will allow the medical
experts to come up for the selection of solutions for pneumonia.
The identification of pneumonia using the HIRA-TAN system really helps the
medical experts in various ways such as for the selection of antibiotics, a quick scans and
in producing accurate results.

2.1.2 Detection of Pneumonia in chest X-ray Images

Shabnam Kannan (2011).Detection of Pneumonia in Chest X-ray Images, India.
According to this article, based from the survey conducted by medical experts
around the world, pneumonia is a type of infection that is very common to people who
has poor lifestyle. It is also stated that the disease like pneumonia is also common for

children who has weak immune system. This type of infection quickly spreads in the lung
area of the body. To diagnose pneumonia, medical experts uses the power of image
processing technology like the chest X-ray. Using the chest X-ray images, the doctors can
effectively identify pneumonia by looking at the pattern in the chest X-ray result from the
patients. Because of its effectiveness in identifying difficult illnesses, chest X-ray was
then used to detect several diseases not only pneumonia.
The researchers also added that using feature extractions like WPT, WFT and
DWT can also be used in detecting the disease. This method according to them produces
more accurate result than the rest of the known methods of pneumonia detection.

2.1.3 Pneumonia Diagnosis

Dr. Shirley Mcfield (2012).Pneumonia Diagnosis, USA
This article is about pneumonia diagnosis. According to this article, pneumonia
diagnosis is done using some physical health examination based from the findings of the
doctors. The article also stated that further investigations are being done by the experts to
confirm their diagnosis. The data gathered from the chest X-rays and blood tests are very
helpful in order to them to thoroughly identify the case of the patient. The researcher also
stated that the chest X-ray method for pneumonia detection is widely commonly used by
many hospitals and medical clinics now because of its reliable and convenient results.
However, according to some study conducted by medical experts, there are still
areas that uses the traditional way of detecting pneumonia. They diagnosed diseases
based from the symptoms and health examinations only. The researcher also cited that
diagnosing can also be difficult in some patient especially to those who also have other

disease. To distinguish pneumonia from other illnesses of the patient, medical experts
make use of the chest CT scan or by the use of other tests that also make use of image
processing techniques.
The author also stated that chest X-ray is a very helpful test for identifying
pneumonia when it comes to difficult scenarios during diagnosis. Chest X-ray helps in
exposing pneumonia patterns to be able to identify clearly by medical experts.

2.1.4 What is Pneumonia? Its types and how to detect it?

Bree Normandin (2012). What is Pneumonia? Its Types and how to detect it?, USA.
Bree Normandin conducted a study about pneumonia and how to detect it.
According to his study, pneumonia is a some sort of infection that occurs in human lungs.
Fungi, bacteria and other viruses are the number one cause of pneumonia that brings
people in the pinch of pains. This paper further reveals that pneumonia also causes
inflammation in lungs air sacs known as the alveoli. The inflammation brings pains to
patients that causes serious effect when not immediately taken care of because the
alveoli makes breathing difficult. Pneumonias symptoms according to the study of
medical experts can starts from mild to a high level life threatening one. Pneumonia is a
top leading disease that causes more deaths than any other illness worldwide. The
seriousness of the disease depends on the cause of its inflammation or either the type of
virus that caused the infection. The types of pneumonia based from this article are:
bacterial pneumonia, this type of pneumonia according to the author can affect anyone.
On the other hand, viral pneumonia is a type pneumonia which can be dangerous to

pregnant women. While, mycoplasma pneumonia is a type of pneumonia that produces

mild cases of pneumonia.
Pneumonia detection can be done by the help of chest X-ray and other image
processing techniques, a noninvasive tests that shows the structures of what the inside of
the human chest and produces images out of it. Noninvasive means that no surgery will
be done and no medical instruments will be inserted into the patients body.

2.1.5 Preliminary Study of Pneumonia Symptoms Detection Method Using Cellular

Neural Network
Abdullah, A.A. (2014). Preliminary Study of Pneumonia Symptoms Detection Method
Using Cellular Neural Network, Malaysia Perlis, Arau, Malaysia.
According to this paper, it is said that medical diagnosis is one of the most
important process wherein image processing technique is being applied. This paper
proposes a pneumonia symptoms detection method based on cellular neural networks
technology that was developed to help users to detect early symptoms of any disease.
The main technology used in this study is the cellular neural networks which is
represented by a virtual pattern expansion obtained from different operations done by the
researchers. The CNN was based from 3 by 3 patterns of linear space invariant. The main
aim of this paper is to be able to detect pneumonia symptoms within the short period of
time. The main function of the cellular neural networks is by allowing the connections
between the adjacent units only in order to avoid any network traffics. There are also
mandatory rules that has to be implemented in designing the patterns to be used for
instance: the state, output, boundary equations and also their respective values. In order to

create the most effective algorithm for pneumonia symptoms detection, the developer
combined all the patterns that were acquired during the development phase.
Furthermore, during the software testing and debugging the developer make use
of the candy software as a simulator for the cellular neural networks in detecting
pneumonia symptoms. The software was tested using the 23 amounts of chest X-rays
samples with grayscales which is an indication of symptoms of pneumonia.

2.2 Local Literature

2.2.1 Detection of Potential Pneumonia Causing Bacteria Found in Nebulizers in Iligan
City Hospitals: Some Implications on Infection Control
Blaisel Mae Q. Baguio, Aimee Grace Gemelo (2012).Detection of Potential Pneumonia
Causing Bacteria Found in Nebulizers in Iligan City Hospitals: Some Implications on
Infection Control, Baguio, Philippines.
This article written by Blaisel et al. discusses the survey conducted in Iligan City
Hospitals. Based from the data gathered by the researchers about the most commonly
acquired infection by patients from hospitals, pneumonia is on its third place which
means that almost 14% of deaths in the world is caused by pneumonia infection from the
said place. It was estimated that up to 70% rates of pneumonia cases are acquired from
The study also stated that pneumonia is included in the top ten causes of deaths
here in the Philippines. The researchers considered the use of nebulizers for inhalation
therapy to fight hospital acquired pneumonia because nebulizers creates aerosols of
droplets that goes deeply into the narrowest airways of the lungs. Nebulizers are known

in reducing significant problems in the lungs. It is also widely used by manymedical

doctors across countries.
The main purpose of the study is to conduct an assessment on pneumonia
detection using nebulizer in Iligan City hospitals.

2.2.2 Incidence and Risk Factors of Childhood Pneumonia-Like Episodes in Biliran

Island, Philippines
Delmiro Fernandez Reyes (2015). Incidence and Risk Factors of Childhood
Pneumonia-Like Episodes in Biliran Island, Philippines, Tarlac University. Philippines.
In this article, the discussion is about the study of the researcher conducted in
Biliran Island. The study is about the factor of risk of pneumoniaamong patients in the
said area. According to Delmiro, the main cause of deaths among babies and young adults
is none other than pneumonia. According to the information gathered by the
researcher,in some developing countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia,
pneumonia is a disease feared by many because of its severity that easily leads to death.
However, the scarce amount of data obtained by the researcher are still not enough to
support this study. This paper aims to calculate the tragics and rates in death of
pneumonia in Biliran Island. Moreover, the study also aims to evaluate the risk factors of
pneumonia and the health threats among the residence.
Based from previous studies that were found, parental smoking, the type of
cooking fuel, type of toilet facility etc. are all contributes to the risk factors of having
pneumonia. All the aforementioned studies were conducted in the hospitals and that data
gathered were all from the different researchers who also conducted the same topic.

According to the research done by the experts in the said area, when the children
develops pneumonia, some parents do not take them to hospitals because of various
reasons, this is due to financial problems and the lack of knowledge.
In conclusion, a stable and good connection to medical institutes is significant in
order to prevent pneumonia earlier.

2.2.3 Preventing Pneumonia in the Elderly

The Philippine Star (2014). Preventing Pneumonia in the Elderly, Manila, Philippines.
According to the Philippine Star Newspaper, community-acquired pneumonia in
adults with an aged of 65 above can be prevented based from the results gathered form
landmark clinical trial test that was conducted by evaluating the Pfizers effectiveness
using its pneumococcal vaccine. The vaccine were tested on several adults who are
identified positive with pneumonia and the result has an average percent to prevent the
spread of pneumonia.
Also, according to this article, community-acquired pneumonia is publics most
health concern and the main cause of deaths in adults around the world. The article also
reveals based from the Philippines Department of Health, the data of mortality of adults
in the country. It was revealed that pneumonia is currently on its 5 th rank in the top
leading causes of mortality among adults. In addition to this, the total number of Filipinos
60 years and older were at 3.7 million during the year 1995, which represents 5.4% total
of the population.And by the year 2000 to present, the total record has increased to 4.8
million or almost 6% of the total population today.

However, despite of the success of the trial, the researchers stated that there are
still works to be done.

2.2.4 Philippines Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis, Empiric Management,

and Prevention of Community-acquired Pneumonia (CAP) in Immunocompetent Adults
Marissa M. Alejandria (2014). Philippines Clinical Practice Guidelines on the
Diagnosis, Empiric Management, and Prevention of Community-acquired Pneumonia
(CAP) in Immunocompetent Adults, Philippine College of Radiology, Philippines.
This article is about the study of the researchers about the clinical practices on the
diagnosis, empiric management and prevention of community-acquired pneumonia for
immunocompetent adults in the Philippines.According to this study conducted by the
researchers, pneumonia is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines based from
the data obtained from the Philippine Health Statistics Office. From year 1998 to 2001
the rate of death caused by pneumonia was the highest among other neighboring
Community-acquired pneumonia or CAP for short is typically known as an acute
infection that usually target young children and or aged adults. Pneumonia infections
symptoms includes acute illness, pains and accompanied by an abnormal chest X-ray
findings. However, those people who acquired the infection from long term facilities are
not included.
These clinical practice guidelines about community-acquired pneumonia or CAP
for short was conducted only for empiric therapy of those immunocompetent
patients/adults. This study was drafted in order to provide experts with a more practical

approach in the resolution of the important issues in diagnosis, management and

prevention of community-acquired pneumonia of adult patients.

2.2.5 Respiratory Viruses from Hospitalized Children with Severe Pneumonia in the
Hazel B. Galang (2012). Respiratory Viruses from Hospitalized Children with Severe
Pneumonia in the Philippines, Tacloban City, Philippines.
In this article, the study of the researcher revolves around investigating respiratory
viruses from hospitalized children with severe pneumonia. According to this article, over
the past 20 years, pneumonia is still the main cause of deaths by young patients. It was
because the symptoms from pneumonia cases remains undefined by experts due to the
lack of proper equipment until now.
In Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City is the place where
this study is conducted. The researcher has a target population of 819 patients who were
involved in this study. The goal of this study is to be able to identify the nature of
pneumonia by investigating the patients who have a symptoms of pneumonia. To begin
the research process, the researcher uses samples which is composed of children with
ages 9 days to 15 years old who were transferred into the Pediatrics Department. These
children are positive with severe pneumonia viruses and are voluntarily enrolled
themselves to be part of the research being conducted by the researcher.
After the admission of the patients, the researcher performed the polymerase reaction by
using some blood samples. The detection of these respiratory viruses and bacteria helps

the researcher to identify the severity stages of the symptoms of pneumonia from patients
who are infected by pneumonia viruses.
According to the researcher, pneumonia viruses and symptoms are very common
to the young adults in the Philippines. So, a quick and effective pneumonia detection
system is very necessary to aid the patients.
2.3 Foreign Studies
2.3.1 Computer-Aided Tuberculosis Detection in Chest Radiographs: A Survey
NyeinNaing, Htike, Khan, Shafie (2014).Computer-Aided Tuberculosis Detection in
Chest Radiographs: A Survey, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In this study, the researchers conducted a study about the investigation of a PC
supported conclusion framework for computerized examination of mid-section x-beam
for recognizable proof of pneumonic tuberculosis. The study stresses to give the
progressions of tuberculosis order from x-beam pictures, for example preprocessing.
The principal goal of the picture preprocessing is not just to enhance the nature of
the picture additionally to lessen the undesired segment from the foundation of the
pictures. The vast majority of pre-handling strategy connected the force estimation of
neighborhood pixel for getting the brilliance power estimation of the information

2.3.2 Towards the Detection of Abnormal Chest Radiographs the Way Radiologists Do It
Alzubaidi, Patel, Panchanathan, Black (2010). Towards the detection of abnormal chest
radiographs the way radiologists do it,Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

In this study, they utilize PC Supported Identification (CADe) and PC Helped

Diagnosis (CADx) to utilize highlight extraction, design acknowledgment, and machine
learning calculations to help radiologists in recognizing and diagnosing variations from
the norm in therapeutic pictures.
The examinations endeavors to utilize base up preparing to give up PC Supported
Analysis of typical versus anomalous elements, they propose to utilize it to give PC
Helped Discovery of typical components. They also propose to determine gray scale
overlay map that shows how ordinary basic radiography substance is, in the nearby area
around that pixel.

2.3.3 Diagnosis of Pneumonia with an Electronic Nose: Correlation of Vapor Signature

with Chest Computed Tomography Scan Findings
Hockstein, Thaler, Torigian, Miller Jr., Deffenderfer, Hanson (2004). Diagnosis of
Pneumonia with an Electronic Nose: Correlation of Vapor Signature with Chest
Computed Tomography Scan Findings, Massachusetts, USA.
Electronic nose innovation is conceivably valuable in clinical drug in light of the
fact that the gadgets are convenient, trying is not invasive, and the outcome are fast. In
the conclusion of pneumonia, the system can be usedto test lapsed gasses. On the off
chance that the gadget can be prepared to perceive the electronic pattern of the patients
breath who is positive with pneumonia, it will be very useful in the facilitating of patients
accepting ventilation powered by mechanical machines. As of now no highest quality
level in the conclusion of the said disease. Framework scoring pneumonia, radiography in

mid-section, and bronchoscope are all considered. In real life use, conclusion taking into
account the flow of accessible information and clinical tests and experiments.
During emergency unit tests, basically sick patients frequently experience midsection registered tomography filtering to help in analysis. Past medical tests had shown
the ability of proposed electronic nose to recognizepatients who were in danger of
pneumonia ventilating-related stuffs and the capacity of the proposed electronic nose to
distinguish respiratory pathogens in vitro 89. According to this study, it is was assumed
that the proposed electronic nose is failed to detectbreathed out unpredictable atoms from
patients breaths.

2.3.4 Detection of Pneumonia using Free-Text Radiology Reports in the Bio Sense
Asatryan A. (2010). Detection of Pneumonia using Free-Text Radiology Reports in the
Bio Sense System, Science Applications International Corporation, USA.
The study is about the development of the real-time disease detection system
using the electronic data sources. According to the study, the cases of patients who are
positive with symptoms of pneumonia are getting bigger and alarming each year. A rapid
pneumonia detection system is needed in order to provide radiologists a faster way to
diagnosis and detect the symptoms of pneumonia. The proposed study aims to develop a
system that can be used to send text radiology reports to medical experts for quicker
detection of pneumonia.

In order to test the reliability of the proposed system, the researcher tested the
program using the electronic radiology to send text reports. A computer algorithm was
used that searches for selected programmed keywords.

2.3.5 Innovative Chest X-ray Solutions Supporting TB Prevalence Studies

Dr. Wessel Eijkman and Dr. Frank Van Doren (2009). Innovative Chest X-ray Solutions
Supporting TB Prevalence Studies, USA.
Dr. Wessel Eijkman and Dr. Frank Van Doren conducted a study entitled
Innovative Chest X-ray Solutions Supporting TB Prevalence Studies.
According to their study, chest X-rays is a very useful image processing
technique as it visually shows the patterns of symptoms of a disease just like symptoms
of pneumonia and or TB. Chest x-ray according to them not only helps radiologists in
obtaining accurate results but also helps in shortening the delays of diagnosis of doctors.
They also cited that avoiding films by using digitized chest X-rays is more appropriate
because the digital technology has a more tendency to solve most chest X-ray problems.
Furthermore, the researchers believes that by using the direct digital chest X-ray
will definitely improve the chances in obtaining accurate and rapid results. The direct
digital X-ray will another advantage is that it is an eco-friendly system that also
decimates cost per image while providing balance support to the ecosystem by
eliminating the chemical waste issues as well as revolutionizing the case detection of
pneumonia and TB in countries with insufficient sources.

2.4 Local Studies

2.4.1 Breast Cancer (Ductal Carinoma) Detection and Classification Software using
Fuzzy Pattern Recognition
Lorenzo, Montalban, Real, So (2007). Breast Cancer (Ductal Carinoma) Detection and
Classification Software using Fuzzy Pattern Recognition,De La Salle University,
In this study, the researchers deals on detection and classification of breast
carcinoma particularly ductal carcinoma. The study takes on the characteristics and
definitions seen in the microscope, analyzed and evaluated with two modules which is
image processing and the fuzzy pattern recognition.
The first module analyzes the Terminal Duct Lobular Unit (TDLU) by
implementing a number of image processing techniques such as Nuclei Extraction,
Filtering and Feature extraction to name a few. The second module uses fuzzy
membership functions to evaluate the degree and the level at which the image is an
Invasive Carcinoma (malignant) or Non-invasive (benign). And if invasive, would it be
invasive ductal carcinoma NST (no specific type) or of a different type. The researchers
overall accuracy on performing the study is about 95%.

2.4.2 Paddy Disease Detection System Using Image Processing

Kevin B. Buenaventura et al., (2012). Paddy Disease Detection System Using Image
Processing, Dominican College,Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.
In Dominican College of Sta. Rosa Laguna, a study about Paddy Disease
Detection System using Image Processing was amended. The main objectives of the

study is to develop a system that can be used to detect paddy diseases such as the Paddy
Blast, Brown Spot, and Narrow Brown Disease. The study focuses on the image
processing techniques used in enhancing image qualitiesand the techniques of neural
networks to identify the paddy disease.
The system development methodology used by the researchers during the image
processing includes pre-processing, segmentation and classification. The researchers put
the paddy samples through the RGB till proceeding to the binary conversion. After
having identified all the paddy samples as normal or with patterns of paddy disease, the
segmented paddy disease sample then converted by the researchers into binary data. In
order to recognize the paddy diseases with passing accuracy rates, employing neural
technique is necessary.

Chapter 3
Research Methodology
3.1 Overview
The proposed system is designed to provide radiologists a supplementary
pneumonia detection system via X-ray images through MATLAB. The system aims to
help specialists to produce accurate results in detecting pneumonia.
The graphical user interface of the proposed system is composed of six buttons:
the Scan Image button, Start Processing button, View Test Result button, Reset button,
Help button and the Exit button.
The ideal set up of the proposed system will be discussed in the succeeding parts
of this chapter.
3.2 Conceptual Framework
X-ray scan image
MATLAB capture image
LED-light indicator

The x-ray scan image will be placed on the device

MATLAB will process the x-ray scan image


MATLAB will segment, select and extract the image.


LED light indicator signifies that the image is already captured


LCD display will show off if the patient is healthy, possible

positive of pneumonia or possible of other disease.


The result will be printed out on a paper.

Result with diagnosis
LCD display
Figure 1. Conceptual Framework
Figure 1 presents the conceptual framework of the proposed system. The figure
shows the input-process-output of the project. The system input includes the user and the
patients chest X-ray that will be employed into the machine. In the process stage, is
where the captured image will be processed by MATLAB to perform image
enhancement. The system output is where the result will be display in the graphical user
interface of the system that has the option to store image into the database that can be
used for future reference.
3.3 Block Diagram

Chest X-ray






Figure 2. Functional Block Diagram of the Proposed System

Figure 3.3.1 shows the functional block diagram of the supplementary pneumonia
detection system via X-ray images through MATLAB. The figure shows the principal
functions of the systems which are represented by the blocks. According to this diagram,
the chest X-ray will be digitized and will be placed into the MATLAB machine. The
chest X-ray will then undergo image processing to be able to scan the X-ray image
thoroughly by performing image segmentation, extraction and selection.

3.4 Schematic Diagram

Figure 3. Schematic Diagram of the Proposed System

Figure 4. Schematic Diagram of Microcontroller (ATMEGA328)

3.5 Algorithm










Figure 3.5.1: Software Design Flow Chart

Figure 3.5.1 shows the software diagram of the proposed system. First, digitized
chest X-ray image will be uploaded to the system and prepares for processing. Next, preprocessing stage will be performed wherein the image will undergo with image
enhancement. After the pre-processing stage, the image will undergo with lung

segmentation. Then, the segmented lungs will undergo to feature selection wherein target
areas in the lungs will be selected. After feature selection, it will undergo to feature
classification to determine if the targeted areas in the lungs are classified as healthy,
positive with pneumonia, positive of pneumonia with other disease, and positive of other
illness. Once feature classification is done, the output will be displayed in the graphical
user interface of the system.







(The Output)


Figure 3.5.2: General Hardware Design Flow Chart

Figure 3.5.2 shows the hardware diagram of the proposed system. First, the X-ray
image template will be used as input. Then, the X-ray image plate input will be scanned

through a scanner to digitize the input image. The digitized chest X-ray image will now
be imported into the system and store the digitized X-ray image to start processing.
3.6 Test Procedures
Step 1: The proponents will place the x-ray film on the Illuminator
Step 2: The camera will take a picture of the x-ray film
Step 3: The proponent will check whether the image is received by the
Step 4: The proponent will check the output that will be shown by the GUI
Step 5: The output will serve as the input on the proposed projects output
Step 6: Repeat Steps 1 to 5 until the number of trials are reached
3.7 Ideal Setup



Figure 3.7.1 Ideal Setup Representation of the Project

Figure 3.7.1 shows how the prototype will work and how it will function during
the operations. x-ray films will be placed on the illuminator and then an image capturing
device will be present at which its output will be placed directly to the software device
and perform the algorithms necessary to analyze the image for further investigation.
3.8 Hardware Components

Figure 3.7.1: The Arduino Uno Board

Figure 3.8.1 shows the Arduino Uno Board that will be used by the proposed
system. It is a microcontroller board based on the Atmels ATMEGA328 microcontroller.
It is the latest in a series of USB (Universal Serial Bus) Arduino board. It has 16MHz
ceramic resonator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, a reset button, 6
analogs inputs and 14 digital input/output pins of which 6 pin can be used as PWM

outputs. It uses ATMEGA16U2 programmed as USB-to-serial converter instead of FTDI

USB-to-serial driver chip which was used in all the preceding board. It has a 32kb flash
memory of which 0.5kb is used by boot loader, 2kb of SRAM, 1kb of EEPROM and 16
MHz clock speed.

Figure 3.8.2: Representation of ATMEGA328

Figure 3.8.2 shows the microcontroller unit that will be used on the proposed
system. The microcontroller unit consists of 4K/8K bytes of in-system programmable
flash with read-while-write capabilities, 256/412 bytes EEPROM along with the
512/1K/2K bytes of SRAM. It has 23 general purpose input/output, 32 general working
registers, 3 flexible timer/counters with compare models, internal and external interrupts
and a serial program USART. It has a byte-oriented 2-wire serial interface, an SPI serial
port, a 6-channel 10 bit ADC, a programmable watch-dog timer with an internal oscillator
and 5 software-selectable power saving mode.

Figure 3.8.3: Representation of USB to Serial Bridge Controller PL2303

Figure 3.8.3 shows the presentation of USB to serial bridge controller PL2303
which will be used by the proponent that can operate as a bridge between one USB port
and one standard RS232 serial port. It comprises of 9 ports input signal, 5 ports output
signal, 9 power/ground connection and 5 ports bi-directional signals.

Figure 3.8.4: Representation of P30N06LE Transistor

Figure 3.8.4 represents an N-channel MOSFET transistor that will be used by the


A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) is a flat, as shown in figure 10, thin display
device consisting of any number of pixels aligned in front of a reflector or source of light.
The group will be using a Philips 2 by 16 LCD to be able to display if the patient has
possible pneumonia or possible of other illness which were displayed on the LCD.

LED (Light indicator)


A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a pn
junction diode, which emits light when activated.When a suitable voltage is applied to the
leads, electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing
energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence, and the color of
the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy band
gap of the semiconductor. It is used as a light indicator of the device when capturing

3.9 Software Consideration

Figure 3.9.1: MATLAB (Matrix Laboratory)

Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB) is a high-performance language for technical

computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use

environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical

notation. A typical use of this software includes Algorithm development, scientific and
engineering graphic, data analysis, exploration and visualization, and application
development which include Graphical User Interface building.
The advantages of MATLAB over other programming languages for image
processing are it has a huge database of inherent calculation for image processing and PC
vision application. It permits you to test calculations instantly without recompilation
where you can sort something at the order line or execute an area in the supervisor and
promptly see the outcome. Their desktop surroundings which permit you to work
intelligently with your information help you to stay informed concerning documents and
variables, and disentangle normal programming or investigating assignments. It has a
capacity to pursue in a wide mixture of both basic and space particular picture designs,
furthermore, its capacity to auto-produce C code, utilizing MATLAB Coder, for an
expansive and developing subset if image processing and other specific functions, which
you could then use in different situations such as for installed frameworks or as a segment
in other programming.

3.10 Working Theories

The performance of algorithm used in processing the chest X-ray image is usually
quantified in terms of accuracy of the software. Algorithm with higher accuracy requires
more processing time which is undesirable for most system application. However, it is
important to take note that the proposed system will focus on the accuracy of the system
that can be used for other studies.

3.10.1 Pre-processing Stage

In this stage, in order to achieve enhanced image result for further analysis, the
input chest X-ray image must be readable. The proposed system depends on the quality of
the input image. This stage involves processes of grayscale conversion, binarization and
noise reduction.

3.10.2 Lung Segmentation

The first algorithm to be implemented is by obtaining the inner lung details along
with border refinement which involves separating the background and foreground pixels.
Also, the lung fields have to be grouped together and surrounding areas needs to be
removed. Also the blood vessels are segmented to be obtaining better orientation of the
blood stream within the lung area. Segmenting blood vessels in the lung areas as well
may have a better resemblance to pneumonia patterns.

3.10.3 Feature Selection

For the algorithm of the feature selection, a covariance matrix of each feature will
be categorized between the three classes which are healthy, with pneumonia and other
disease. It gives difference between the corresponding feature values of various classes. A
threshold will be set after the trial and error, which selects a set of feature that helps
distinguish the various classes better.

3.10.4 Feature Classification

The classification algorithm used in this process is by getting each region for the
image along with the set of features that has been selected is computed. The data will be
served as a training set for the classifier. The classes are assigned to each region of the
data. The input image will be classified based on the nearest neighbor algorithm, the
features that closely resemble to the data.

3.10.5 Feature Extraction

From the segmented lungs of the image, regions in the lungs are marked and each
of these gray level co-occurrence matrixes is constructed. It is an n*n matrix where n is
the number of distinct intensity values, which shows the relationship between various
intensities. This will give idea of spatial relationship between intensities.

3.10.6 Expected Result

The following series of images show what is expected to occur during processing.





Figure Image Progress using the Proposed System

The figures above shows the development of the chest X-ray image during image
processing using the proposed system where (a) is the Original Image; (b) Binarized
Image; (c) the Segmented Lungs; (d) is for Feature Extraction of the Lungs.

3.11 Statistical Analysis of Data

To be able to determine the reliability of the proposed project, several tests will be
performed by the proponents. The suitable fit to determine the reliability of the proposed
project is by using Cohens Kappa coefficient which measures inter-rater agreement of
categorical output.

3.11.1 Cohens Kappa Testing

Cohens Kappa (Cohen 1960) was presented as a measure of
agreement which maintains a strategic distance from the issue depicted by
adjusting the observed proportional agreement to take account of the measure of
understanding which would be expected by chance. Sample size estimation using
an inter-rater reliability study, the proponents must resolve how many subjects
should be selected and how many raters should rate them. Flack et al. (1988) have
recommended a method of calculating the optimal number of subjects for Cohens
kappa coefficient when the quantity of raters is constrained to two. The ideal
number of subjects for a given inter-rater reliability coefficient is characterized as
the quantity of subject that minimized standard error connected with the percent
agreement between two discretionary raters. The variance agreement



defined as,


Pa = percent agreement
n= Required number of subjects

The 95% error margin connected with the percent agreement is

2 v

, and if the proponent want it to remain below a desired value

then this goal will be accomplished by any number of subject

that exceeds the desired value. Since the smaller the number of subjects
the better, the optimal subject is given by,

E= Desired error margin

Cohens Kappa (Cohen 1960) illustrates the minimum number of

subject required on accomplishing the desired 95% error margin. It takes after that
the evaluated percent agreement to fall within 5% of its true error-free value,
the collected data of 400 subjects is required. Hence,

n=400 sample

After determining the required sample size with a 5% desired error

margin, the proponents will be able to start determining the Cohens Kappa value
given by the equation,


k = Cohens Kappa value

Pa= Relative observed agreement

Pe = Hypothetical probability of chance agreement

Computing for the relative observed agreement,

Pa , and the

Pe , the normal numbers

hypothetical probability of chance agreement,

concurring are found as in chi-squared test, by row total times column divided by
grand total.
Generally, a Kappa has a range of 0 to 1.00 values, with larger
values indicating better reliability. Benchmarking the result is essential for
communicating the results reliability. And also provides guidelines to assist
practitioners with the use of agreement statistics. Landis and Koch ( 1977)
proposed an extend agreement that can be qualified as Poor , Slight, Fair,
Moderate, Substantial, and Almost Perfect depending on the magnitude of
Kappa. A kappa value of 40% to 60% indicates a moderate agreement level, 60%
to 80%, and 80% to 100% indicates substantial and almost perfect agreement
levels respectively.

Sample no.



Rater 1
Rater 2
Table 1 Sample data for identifying the agreement between doctor's output and proposed project's

The proponents are required to check that each samples will

identify whether the X-ray films contains a disease or it is classified as healthy.
Two raters will identify the disease, Rater 1 as the doctors output, and rater 2
defined as the proposed projects output. The samples output will be abbreviated
as follows:

p = pneumonia
h = healthy
po = pneumonia with other disease
o = other disease

Rater 1

Rater 2

Row Totals

Column Total
Table 2 Contingency table for the proposed output

Table 2 represents the rating of each 400 samples that has been
arranged and will be tallied to this contingency table. Agreements between the two raters
will be set in one of the diagonal cells. Differences between raters will be set in one of the
off-diagonal cells. Next is by computing the row totals which sum across the values on
the same row and column totals which is sum across the values on the same column of
the observed frequencies.