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Automated Mitosis Detection in Color and Multi-spectral High-Content Images in Histopathology: Application to Breast Cancer Grading in Digital Pathology


  • Irshad, Humayun


Digital pathology represents one of the major and challenging evolutions in modern medicine. Pathological exams constitute not only the gold standard in most of medical protocols, but also play a critical and legal role in the diagnosis process. Diagnosing a disease after manually analyzing numerous biopsy slides represents a labor-intensive work for pathologists. Thanks to the recent advances in digital histopathology, the recognition of histological tissue patterns in a high-content Whole Slide Image (WSI) has the potential to provide valuable assistance to the pathologist in his daily practice. Histopathological classification and grading of biopsy samples provide valuable prognostic information that could be used for diagnosis and treatment support. Nottingham grading system is the standard for breast cancer grading. It combines three criteria, namely tubule formation (also referenced as glandular architecture), nuclear atypia and mitosis count. Manual detection and counting of mitosis is tedious and subject to considerable inter- and intra-reader variations. The main goal of this research is the development of frameworks able to provide detection of mitosis on different types of scanners and multispectral microscope. These frameworks have been evaluated on MITOS dataset and compared results with ICPR MITOS contest 2012.

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  • Irshad, Humayun, 2017. "Automated Mitosis Detection in Color and Multi-spectral High-Content Images in Histopathology: Application to Breast Cancer Grading in Digital Pathology," Working Paper 221821, Harvard University OpenScholar.
  • Handle: RePEc:qsh:wpaper:221821

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