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NEWBORN AND INFANT FOOTPRINT CREASE PATTERN EXTRACTION

Johannes Kotzerke, Stephen Davis, Kathy Horadam, Jodie McVernon

2013 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing | IEEE | Published : 2013

Abstract

Medical staff around the world must take reasonable steps to identify newborns and infants clearly, so as to prevent mix-ups, and to ensure the correct medication reaches the correct child. Footprints are frequently taken despite verification with footprints being challenging due to strong noise. The noise is introduced by the tininess of the structures, movement during capture, and the infant's rapid growth. In this article we address the image processing part of the problem and introduce a novel algorithm for the extraction of creases from infant footprints. The algorithm uses directional filtering on different resolution levels, morphological processing, and block-wise crease line reconst..

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