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Automatic segmentation of breast cancer histological images based on dual-path feature extraction network


  • Received: 07 May 2022 Revised: 14 July 2022 Accepted: 18 July 2022 Published: 03 August 2022
  • The traditional manual breast cancer diagnosis method of pathological images is time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it is easy to be misdiagnosed. Computer-aided diagnosis of WSIs gradually comes into people*s sight. However, the complexity of high-resolution breast cancer pathological images poses a great challenge to automatic diagnosis, and the existing algorithms are often difficult to balance the accuracy and efficiency. In order to solve these problems, this paper proposes an automatic image segmentation method based on dual-path feature extraction network for breast pathological WSIs, which has a good segmentation accuracy. Specifically, inspired by the concept of receptive fields in the human visual system, dilated convolutional networks are introduced to encode rich contextual information. Based on the channel attention mechanism, a feature attention module and a feature fusion module are proposed to effectively filter and combine the features. In addition, this method uses a light-weight backbone network and performs pre-processing on the data, which greatly reduces the computational complexity of the algorithm. Compared with the classic models, it has improved accuracy and efficiency and is highly competitive.

    Citation: Xi Lu, Xuedong Zhu. Automatic segmentation of breast cancer histological images based on dual-path feature extraction network[J]. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 2022, 19(11): 11137-11153. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2022519

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  • The traditional manual breast cancer diagnosis method of pathological images is time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it is easy to be misdiagnosed. Computer-aided diagnosis of WSIs gradually comes into people*s sight. However, the complexity of high-resolution breast cancer pathological images poses a great challenge to automatic diagnosis, and the existing algorithms are often difficult to balance the accuracy and efficiency. In order to solve these problems, this paper proposes an automatic image segmentation method based on dual-path feature extraction network for breast pathological WSIs, which has a good segmentation accuracy. Specifically, inspired by the concept of receptive fields in the human visual system, dilated convolutional networks are introduced to encode rich contextual information. Based on the channel attention mechanism, a feature attention module and a feature fusion module are proposed to effectively filter and combine the features. In addition, this method uses a light-weight backbone network and performs pre-processing on the data, which greatly reduces the computational complexity of the algorithm. Compared with the classic models, it has improved accuracy and efficiency and is highly competitive.



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