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A multi-resolution image analysis system for computer-assisted grading of neuroblastoma differentiation
Author(s): Jun Kong; Olcay Sertel; Hiroyuki Shimada; Kim L. Boyer; Joel H. Saltz; Metin N. Gurcan
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Paper Abstract

Neuroblastic Tumor (NT) is one of the most commonly occurring tumors in children. Of all types of NTs, neuroblastoma is the most malignant tumor that can be further categorized into undifferentiated (UD), poorly-differentiated (PD) and differentiating (D) types, in terms of the grade of pathological differentiation. Currently, pathologists determine the grade of differentiation by visual examinations of tissue samples under the microscope. However, this process is subjective and, hence, may lead to intra- and inter-reader variability. In this paper, we propose a multi-resolution image analysis system that helps pathologists classify tissue samples according to their grades of differentiation. The inputs to this system are color images of haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stained tissue samples. The complete image analysis system has five stages: segmentation, feature construction, feature extraction, classification and confidence evaluation. Due to the large number of input images, both parallel processing and multi-resolution analysis were carried out to reduce the execution time of the algorithm. Our training dataset consists of 387 images tiles of size 512x512 in pixels from three whole-slide images. We tested the developed system with an independent set of 24 whole-slide images, eight from each grade. The developed system has an accuracy of 83.3% in correctly identifying the grade of differentiation, and it takes about two hours, on average, to process each whole slide image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6915, Medical Imaging 2008: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 69151T (17 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.768397
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Jun Kong, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Olcay Sertel, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Hiroyuki Shimada, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (United States)
Univ. of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (United States)
Kim L. Boyer, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Joel H. Saltz, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Metin N. Gurcan, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6915:
Medical Imaging 2008: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Maryellen L. Giger; Nico Karssemeijer, Editor(s)

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