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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 626148, 14 pages
Research Article

Influence of Skin Diseases on Fingerprint Recognition

1Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, Bozetechova 2, 61266 Brno, Czech Republic
2Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University and Faculty Hospital, I. P. Pavlova 6, 77520 Olomouc, Czech Republic
3Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Komenského náměstí 2, 66243 Brno, Czech Republic
4Department of Multimedia Engineering, Hannam University, 133 Ojeong-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon 306791, Republic of Korea

Received 25 February 2012; Accepted 26 February 2012

Academic Editor: Sabah Mohammed

Copyright © 2012 Martin Drahansky et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There are many people who suffer from some of the skin diseases. These diseases have a strong influence on the process of fingerprint recognition. People with fingerprint diseases are unable to use fingerprint scanners, which is discriminating for them, since they are not allowed to use their fingerprints for the authentication purposes. First in this paper the various diseases, which might influence functionality of the fingerprint-based systems, are introduced, mainly from the medical point of view. This overview is followed by some examples of diseased finger fingerprints, acquired both from dactyloscopic card and electronic sensors. At the end of this paper the proposed fingerprint image enhancement algorithm is described.