Using image processing technology combined with decision tree algorithm in laryngeal video stroboscope automatic identification of common vocal fold diseases

Chung Feng Jeffrey Kuo, Po Chun Wang, Yueng Hsiang Chu, Hsing Won Wang, Chun Yu Lai

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This study used the actual laryngeal video stroboscope videos taken by physicians in clinical practice as the samples for experimental analysis. The samples were dynamic vocal fold videos. Image processing technology was used to automatically capture the image of the largest glottal area from the video to obtain the physiological data of the vocal folds. In this study, an automatic vocal fold disease identification system was designed, which can obtain the physiological parameters for normal vocal folds, vocal paralysis and vocal nodules from image processing according to the pathological features. The decision tree algorithm was used as the classifier of the vocal fold diseases. The identification rate was 92.6%, and the identification rate with an image recognition improvement processing procedure after classification can be improved to 98.7%. Hence, the proposed system has value in clinical practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-236
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013



  • Decision tree
  • Glottal area
  • Laryngeal video stroboscope
  • Vocal fold diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Health Informatics

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