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DOI

10.17077/omia.1013

Conference Location

Boston, MA, USA

Publication Date

September 2014

Abstract

Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is a degenerative disease that affects the elderly population, and which lacks a unifying pathogenic theory and tangible drug targets. Immunohistochemical stainings can be used to identify proteins involved in the pathogenesis of FECD. We introduce a method for the automatic quantification of the ratio of stained cells starting from full high-resolution cornea images. First, the endothelium is extracted using entropy information in a low-resolution resampling. Then, within the endothelium, we heuristically detect and classify nuclei based on their size, color, and the color of the surrounding cytoplasm. This method achieves comparable results to manual evaluation in a set of corneas of patients with and without FECD.

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Copyright © 2014, Thomas Janssens, An-Katrien De Roo, Beatriijs Foets, Joost J. van den Oord, Greet Van den Gerghe, and Fabian Guiza.

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Automated detection and classification of nuclei in immunohistochemical stainings for Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy

Boston, MA, USA

Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) is a degenerative disease that affects the elderly population, and which lacks a unifying pathogenic theory and tangible drug targets. Immunohistochemical stainings can be used to identify proteins involved in the pathogenesis of FECD. We introduce a method for the automatic quantification of the ratio of stained cells starting from full high-resolution cornea images. First, the endothelium is extracted using entropy information in a low-resolution resampling. Then, within the endothelium, we heuristically detect and classify nuclei based on their size, color, and the color of the surrounding cytoplasm. This method achieves comparable results to manual evaluation in a set of corneas of patients with and without FECD.