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Scoring nuclear pleomorphism using a visual BoF modulated by a graph structure
Author(s): Ricardo Moncayo-Martínez; David Romo-Bucheli; Viviana Arias; Eduardo Romero
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Paper Abstract

Nuclear pleomorphism has been recognized as a key histological criterium in breast cancer grading systems (such as Bloom Richardson and Nothingham grading systems). However, the nuclear pleomorphism assessment is subjective and presents high inter-reader variability. Automatic algorithms might facilitate quantitative estimation of nuclear variations in shape and size. Nevertheless, the automatic segmentation of the nuclei is difficult and still and open research problem. This paper presents a method using a bag of multi-scale visual features, modulated by a graph structure, to grade nuclei in breast cancer microscopical fields. This strategy constructs hematoxylin-eosin image patches, each containing a nucleus that is represented by a set of visual words in the BoF. The contribution of each visual word is computed by examining the visual words in an associated graph built when projecting the multi-dimensional BoF to a bi-dimensional plane where local relationships are conserved. The methodology was evaluated using 14 breast cancer cases of the Cancer Genome Atlas database. From these cases, a set of 134 microscopical fields was extracted, and under a leave-one-out validation scheme, an average F-score of 0.68 was obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10572, 13th International Conference on Medical Information Processing and Analysis, 1057205 (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2286007
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Ricardo Moncayo-Martínez, Univ. Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
David Romo-Bucheli, Univ. Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
Viviana Arias, Univ. Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
Eduardo Romero, Univ. Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10572:
13th International Conference on Medical Information Processing and Analysis
Eduardo Romero; Natasha Lepore; Jorge Brieva; Juan David García, Editor(s)

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