- Texture analysis of cervical cell nuclei by segmentation of chromatin patterns
- The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
- Volume | Issue number
- 27 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
Texture parameters of the nuclear chromatin pattern can contribute to the automated classification of specimens on the basis of single cell analysis in cervical cytology. Current texture parameters are abstract and therefore hamper understanding. In this paper texture parameters are described that can be derived from the chromatin pattern after segmentation of the nuclear image. These texture parameters are more directly related to the visual properties of the chromatin pattern. The image segmentation procedure is based on a region grow algorithm which specifically isolates high chromatin density. The texture analysis method has been tested on a data set of images of 112 cervical nuclei on photographic negatives digitized with a step size of 0.125 micron. The preliminary results of a classification trial indicate that these visually interpretable parameters have promising discriminatory power for the distinction between negative and positive specimens.
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