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Region of interest identification in the cervical digital histology images


The region of interest (RoI) identification has a significant potential for yielding information about relevant histological features and is imperative to improve the effectiveness of digital pathology in clinical practice. The typical RoI is the stratified squamous epithelium (SSE) that appears on relatively small image areas. Hence, taking the entire image for classification adds noise caused by irrelevant background, making classification networks biased towards the background fragments. This paper proposes a novel approach for epithelium RoI identification based on automatic bounding boxes (bb) construction and SSE extraction and compares it with state-of-the-art histology RoI localization and detection techniques. Further classification of the extracted epithelial fragments based on DenseNet made it possible to effectively identify the SSE RoI in cervical histology images (CHI). The design brings significant improvement to the identification of diagnostically significant regions. For this research, we created two CHI datasets, the CHI-I containing 171 color images of the cervical histology microscopy and CHI-II containing 1049 extracted fragments of microscopy, which are the most considerable publicly available SSE datasets.

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Biloborodova, Tetiana
Lomakin, Semen
Skarga-Bandurova, Inna
Krytska, Yana

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


Year of publication: 2022
Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-09-20

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