Microscopy cell nuclei segmentation with enhanced U-Net

Feixiao Long
2020 BMC Bioinformatics  
Cell nuclei segmentation is a fundamental task in microscopy image analysis, based on which multiple biological related analysis can be performed. Although deep learning (DL) based techniques have achieved state-of-the-art performances in image segmentation tasks, these methods are usually complex and require support of powerful computing resources. In addition, it is impractical to allocate advanced computing resources to each dark- or bright-field microscopy, which is widely employed in vast
more » ... linical institutions, considering the cost of medical exams. Thus, it is essential to develop accurate DL based segmentation algorithms working with resources-constraint computing. An enhanced, light-weighted U-Net (called U-Net+) with modified encoded branch is proposed to potentially work with low-resources computing. Through strictly controlled experiments, the average IOU and precision of U-Net+ predictions are confirmed to outperform other prevalent competing methods with 1.0% to 3.0% gain on the first stage test set of 2018 Kaggle Data Science Bowl cell nuclei segmentation contest with shorter inference time. Our results preliminarily demonstrate the potential of proposed U-Net+ in correctly spotting microscopy cell nuclei with resources-constraint computing.
doi:10.1186/s12859-019-3332-1 pmid:31914944 pmcid:PMC6950983 fatcat:vuvux3ekvjh2nj5f4kq6fj5ewi