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Corresponding Author: May D. Wang, Ph.D., maywang@bme.gatech.edu, (404) 385-1790, 313 Ferst Dr. Atlanta, GA 30332.

We thank Dr. Mitch Parry for his valuable comments and suggestions.

RCC subtypes data was provided by Dr. Andrew N Young, Emory University.

H&N cancer data was provided by Dr. Georgia Z. Chen, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30332 USA.


Research Funding:

This research has been supported by grants from National Institutes of Health (Bioengineering Research Partnership R01CA108468, P20GM072069, CCNE U54CA119338), Georgia Cancer Coalition, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft Research.


  • Science & Technology
  • Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Engineering, Biomedical
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Engineering
  • cluster segmentation
  • cell counting
  • ellipse fitting
  • concavity detection
  • digital tissue samples



Proceedings Title:

2009 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, Vols. 1 and 2

Conference Name:

IEEE Internaional Symposium on Biomedical Imaging - From Nano to Macro


Conference Place:

Boston, MA

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Type of Work:

Conference | Post-print: After Peer Review


This paper presents a novel, fast and semi-automatic method for accurate cell cluster segmentation and cell counting of digital tissue image samples. In pathological conditions, complex cell clusters are a prominent feature in tissue samples. Segmentation of these clusters is a major challenge for development of an accurate cell counting methodology. We address the issue of cluster segmentation by following a three step process. The first step involves pre-processing required to obtain the appropriate nuclei cluster boundary image from the RGB tissue samples. The second step involves concavity detection at the edge of a cluster to find the points of overlap between two nuclei. The third step involves segmentation at these concavities by using an ellipse-fitting technique. Once the clusters are segmented, individual nuclei are counted to give the cell count. The method was tested on four different types of cancerous tissue samples and shows promising results with a low percentage error, high true positive rate and low false discovery rate.

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