Background/ introduction: The pandemic, originated by novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), continuing its devastating effect on the health, well-being, and economy of the global population. A critical step to restrain this pandemic is the early detection of COVID-19 in the human body to constraint the exposure and control the spread of the virus. Chest X-Rays are one of the non-invasive tools to detect this disease as the manual PCR diagnosis process is quite tedious and time-consuming. Our intensive background studies show that, the works till now are not efficient to produce an unbiased detection result.
Method: In this work, we propose an automated COVID-19 classification method, utilizing available COVID and non-COVID X-Ray datasets, along with High Resolution Network (HRNet) for feature extraction embedding with the UNet for segmentation purposes.
Results: To evaluate the proposed method, several baseline experiments have been performed employing numerous deep learning architectures. With extensive experiment, we got a significant result of 99.26% accuracy, 98.53% sensitivity, and 98.82% specificity with HRNet which surpasses the performances of the existing models.
Conclusions: Finally, we conclude that our proposed methodology ensures unbiased high accuracy, which increases the probability of incorporating X-Ray images into the diagnosis of the disease.