Recursive Additive Complement Networks for Cell Membrane Segmentation in Histological Images

Satoshi Yamami, Keita Sugimoto, Masanobu Takahashi, Masayuki Nakano

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Abstract

A recursive additive complement network (RacNet) is introduced to segment cell membranes in histological images as closed lines. Segmenting cell membranes as closed lines is necessary to calculate cell areas and to estimate N/C ratio, which is useful to diagnose early hepatocellular carcinoma. The RacNet is composed of a complement network and an element-wise maximization (EWM) process and is recursively applied to the network output. The complement network complements the lacking parts of cell membranes. The network, however, has a tendency to mistakenly delete some parts of the segmented cell membranes. The EWM process eliminates this unwanted effect.Experiments carried out using unstained hepatic sections showed that the accuracy for segmenting cell membranes as closed lines was significantly improved by using the RacNet.Three imaging methods, bright-field, dark-field, and phase-contrast, were used, as unstained sections show very low contrast in the bright-field imaging commonly used in pathological diagnosis. These imaging methods are available in optical microscopes used by pathologists. Among the three methods, phase-contrast imaging showed the highest accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1392-1395
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2020 Jul 202020 Jul 24

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period20/7/2020/7/24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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