Automated level set segmentation of histopathologic cells with sparse shape prior support and dynamic occlusion constraint

Pengyue Zhang, Fusheng Wang, George Teodoro, Yanhui Liang, Daniel Brat, Jun Kong

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a novel segmentation method for cells in histopathologic images based on a sparse shape prior guided variational level set framework. We automate the cell contour initialization by detecting seeds and deform contours by minimizing a new energy functional that incorporates a shape term involving sparse shape priors, an adaptive contour occlusion penalty term, and a boundary term encouraging contours to converge to strong edges. As a result, our approach is able to accommodate mutual occlusions and detect contours of multiple intersected cells. We apply our algorithm to a set of whole-slide histopathologic images of brain tumor sections. The proposed method is compared with other popular methods, and demonstrates good accuracy for cell segmentation by quantitative measures, suggesting its promise to support biomedical image-based investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 14th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Pages718-722
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509011711
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2017
Event14th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2017 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Apr 18 2017Apr 21 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
ISSN (Print)1945-7928
ISSN (Electronic)1945-8452

Conference

Conference14th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2017
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period4/18/174/21/17

Keywords

  • Cell Segmentation
  • Level Set
  • Shape Priors
  • Sparse Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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