Quantifying the effect of color processing on blood and damaged tissue detection in Whole Slide Images

Neel Kanwal, Saul Fuster, Farbod Khoraminia, Tahlita C.M. Zuiverloon, Chunming Rong, Kjersti Engan

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Abstract

Histological tissue examination has been a longstanding practice for cancer diagnosis where pathologists identify the presence of tumors on glass slides. Slides acquired from laboratory routine may contain unintentional artifacts due to complications in surgical resection. Blood and damaged tissue artifacts are two common problems associated with transurethral resection of the bladder tumor. Differences in histotechnical procedures among laboratories may also result in color variations and minor inconsistencies in outcome. A digitized version of a glass slide known as a whole slide image (WSI) holds enormous potential for automated diagnostics. The presence of irrelevant areas in a WSI undermines diagnostic value for pathologists as well as computational pathology (CPATH) systems. Therefore, automatic detection and exclusion of diagnostically irrelevant areas may lead to more reliable predictions. In this paper, we are detecting blood and damaged tissue against diagnostically relevant tissue. We gauge the effectiveness of transfer learning against training from scratch. Best models give 0.99 and 0.89 F1 scores for blood and damaged tissue detection. Since blood and damaged tissue have subtle color differences, we assess the impact of color processing methods on the binary classification performance of five well-known architectures. Finally, we remove the color to understand its importance against morphology on classification performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIVMSP 2022 - 2022 IEEE 14th Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Workshop
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665478229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2022
Event14th IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Workshop, IVMSP 2022 - Nafplio, Greece
Duration: 26 Jun 202229 Jun 2022

Publication series

SeriesIVMSP 2022 - 2022 IEEE 14th Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Workshop

Conference

Conference14th IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Workshop, IVMSP 2022
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityNafplio
Period26/06/2229/06/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: This work is financially supported by CLARIFY Project. CLARIFY is European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 860627.

Publisher Copyright: © 2022 IEEE.

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