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Current Medical Imaging


ISSN (Print): 1573-4056
ISSN (Online): 1875-6603

Research Article

Decision Support System for Lymphoma Classification

Author(s): Ahmed E-S. Negm, Ahmed H. Kandil and Osama A. E-F. Hassan

Volume 13, Issue 1, 2017

Page: [89 - 98] Pages: 10

DOI: 10.2174/1573405612666160519124752

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The diffuse lymphoma is a malignant tumor of lymphoid tissues. It is associated with abnormal, unlimited and uncontrolled proliferation of lymphoid cells. Until now, expert pathologists have identified diffuse lymphoma cells disease manually. This paper introduces automatic system with a friendly user interface to differentiate between the categories of the diffuse lymphoma cells. This research is based on the morphological features such as size, perimeter and circularity. The cell size is a critical element in the classification of diffuse lymphoma according to international formulation standards. Therefore, the applied procedures identify lymphoid cell population in digital microscopic images.

The cells are classified using their morphological data according to the characteristics of each cell such as: circularity, perimeter, area, and color density. The number of cells is taken into consideration in the developed approach. Image processing techniques are applied to digital microscopic images to measure morphological parameters and to overcome image problems such as overlapping and cell distortion that affect the sensitivity of the measured data. The developed procedures help the pathologists to come to a decision regarding the classification of diffuse lymphoma. Moreover, it can be used to train medical students and young pathologists.

Keywords: Decision Support System, Diffuse lymphoma, Morphology, Image processing.

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