The automatization of the analysis of Indirect Immunofluorescence (IIF) images is of paramount importance for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. This paper proposes a solution to one of the most challenging steps of this process, the segmentation of HEp-2 cells, through an adaptive marker-controlled watershed approach. Our algorithm automatically conforms the marker selection pipeline to the peculiar characteristics of the input image, hence it is able to cope with different fluorescent intensities and staining patterns without any a priori knowledge. Furthermore, it shows a reduced sensitivity to over-segmentation errors and uneven illumination, that are typical issues of IIF imaging.

An automated approach to the segmentation of HEp-2 cells for the indirect immunofluorescence ANA test / Tonti, Simone; Di Cataldo, Santa; Bottino, Andrea Giuseppe; Ficarra, Elisa. - In: COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL IMAGING AND GRAPHICS. - ISSN 0895-6111. - 40:0(2015), pp. 62-69. [10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.12.005]

An automated approach to the segmentation of HEp-2 cells for the indirect immunofluorescence ANA test

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2015-01-01

Abstract

The automatization of the analysis of Indirect Immunofluorescence (IIF) images is of paramount importance for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. This paper proposes a solution to one of the most challenging steps of this process, the segmentation of HEp-2 cells, through an adaptive marker-controlled watershed approach. Our algorithm automatically conforms the marker selection pipeline to the peculiar characteristics of the input image, hence it is able to cope with different fluorescent intensities and staining patterns without any a priori knowledge. Furthermore, it shows a reduced sensitivity to over-segmentation errors and uneven illumination, that are typical issues of IIF imaging.
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An automated approach to the segmentation of HEp-2 cells for the indirect immunofluorescence ANA test / Tonti, Simone; Di Cataldo, Santa; Bottino, Andrea Giuseppe; Ficarra, Elisa. - In: COMPUTERIZED MEDICAL IMAGING AND GRAPHICS. - ISSN 0895-6111. - 40:0(2015), pp. 62-69. [10.1016/j.compmedimag.2014.12.005]
Tonti, Simone; Di Cataldo, Santa; Bottino, Andrea Giuseppe; Ficarra, Elisa
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