You Should Use Regression to Detect Cells

Philipp Kainz, Martin Urschler, Samuel Schulter, Paul Wohlhart, Vincent Lepetit

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Automated cell detection in histopathology images is a hard problem due to the large variance of cell shape and appearance. We show that cells can be detected reliably in images by predicting, for each pixel location, a monotonous function of the distance to the center of the closest cell. Cell centers can then be identified by extracting local extremums of the predicted values. This approach results in a very simple method, which is easy to implement. We show on two challenging microscopy image datasets that our approach outperforms state-of-the-art methods in terms of accuracy, reliability, and speed. We also introduce a new dataset that we will make publicly available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2015
Subtitle of host publication18th International Conference, Munich, Germany, October 5-9, 2015, Proceedings, Part III
EditorsNassir Navab, Joachim Hornegger, William M. Wells, Alejandro F. Frangi
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-24574-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-24573-7
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)


  • BioTechMed-Graz


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