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CELLEXtractor: Image processing for quantification of breast tumour histopathology

last modified Mar 12, 2014 11:22 AM
A collaborative project between the Institute of Astronomy and the CRUK Cambridge Institute.
CELLEXtractor: Image processing for quantification of breast tumour histopathology

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We investigate methods for the quantitative interrogation of breast cancer histopathology using sophisticated image-processing techniques. We are developing a high-throughput image analysis platform to rapidly analyse samples from large clinical studies. This includes image processing of tissue microarray (TMA) slides as well as statistical analysis of output results.

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(A) Example image from nuclear ER staining with Allred manual score of intensity 3 and proportion 5.

(B) Converted to an astro-format and inverted.

(C) Automatic segmentation at the nuclear level with each green ellipse denoting a potential nucleus for further scoring and statistical analysis.

Image credit: Ali H. R. et al., 2013, British Journal of Cancer, 108(3):602-12.

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