A hierarchical model-based framework for segmenting embedded fluorescence biological targets

Amir Waks, Georghios K. Gregoriou, Michael Pyeron, Hershel Ginsburg, Oleh J. Tretiak

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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of detecting small regions of interest embedded in larger areas of interest as imaged by a fluorescence imaging system. The application exhibits the variation observed in biological specimens, which are primarily shape and intensity uncertainties. The presence of these variability together with uneven illumination and the lack of a global model, implies that a reliable non-parametric technique should be used to detect the objects of interest. The detection task is formulated as a two step hierarchical approach which integrates both parametric and non-parametric techniques. The image as a whole is considered as a slowly varying multi-modal Gaussian field. The classification of which is obtained through the EM algorithm, and a spatially smoother segmentation is accomplished by using a Gibbsian segmenter. Shape deformation constraints retain only the the so-called valid objects. A similar approach is employed in the second step, where objects within the already detected objects are identified. The method is of noticeable significance since it enables early detection of chromosomal abnormalities (cancer, genetic diseases) where timely medical treatment is essential.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAPR 1992 - 11th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition
Subtitle of host publicationImage, Speech, and Signal Analysis
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages223-227
Number of pages5
Volume3
ISBN (Electronic)0818629207
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Event11th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition, IAPR 1992 - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 30 Aug 19921 Sep 1992

Other

Other11th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition, IAPR 1992
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityThe Hague
Period30/08/921/09/92

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