Breast Cancer Mitosis Detection in Histopathological Images with Spatial Feature Extraction

Albayrak A., BİLGİN G.

6th International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV), London, Canada, 16 - 17 November 2013, vol.9067 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9067
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2050050
  • City: London
  • Country: Canada
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this work, cellular mitosis detection in histopathological images has been investigated. Mitosis detection is very expensive and time consuming process. Development of digital imaging in pathology has enabled reasonable and effective solution to this problem. Segmentation of digital images provides easier analysis of cell structures in histopathological data. To differentiate normal and mitotic cells in histopathological images, feature extraction step is very crucial step for the system accuracy. A mitotic cell has more distinctive textural dissimilarities than the other normal cells. Hence, it is important to incorporate spatial information in feature extraction or in post-processing steps. As a main part of this study, Haralick texture descriptor has been proposed with different spatial window sizes in RGB and La*b* color spaces. So, spatial dependencies of normal and mitotic cellular pixels can be evaluated within different pixel neighborhoods. Extracted features are compared with various sample sizes by Support Vector Machines using k-fold cross validation method. According to the represented results, it has been shown that separation accuracy on mitotic and non-mitotic cellular pixels gets better with the increasing size of spatial window.