Nucleus segmentation of cervical cytology images based on depth information

Tao Wang, Jinjie Huang, Dequan Zheng, Yongjun He
2020 IEEE Access  
In cervical cancer screening, accurate segmentation of cervical nucleus is a key part in the early diagnosis of cervical cancer. However, the cervical nucleus segmentation faces many great challenges owing to the overlapping cervical cells, uneven staining and poor contrast of cervical cytology smear images. In this paper, a tree domain structure and screening algorithm based on depth-first searching strategy are proposed to obtain candidate nucleus regions according to the annular clustering
more » ... nnular clustering characteristics of nucleus depth information in cervical cytology images. Then, the candidate nucleus regions are finely segmented with an iterative level set algorithm based on adaptive radius morphological dilation. Experimental results are evaluated on the ISBI2015 public dataset. The performance of the proposed nucleus segmentation algorithm is higher than that of the state-of-the-art methods in terms of positive predictive value, negative predictive value, precision, recall of the cervical nucleus segmentation. INDEX TERMS Cervical cancer screening, cervical cell, nucleus segmentation, tree domain structure. 75846 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ VOLUME 8, 2020
doi:10.1109/access.2020.2989369 fatcat:lfaqfprlpfe4xb6r5con3mimeu