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Acta Cytol. 2011;55(3):271-80. doi: 10.1159/000324029. Epub 2011 Apr 27.

Quantitative automated image analysis system with automated debris filtering for the detection of breast carcinoma cells.

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  • 1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 92161, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop an intraoperative method for margin status evaluation during breast conservation therapy (BCT) using an automated analysis of imprint cytology specimens.

STUDY DESIGN:

Imprint cytology samples were prospectively taken from 47 patients undergoing either BCT or breast reduction surgery. Touch preparations from BCT patients were taken on cut sections through the tumor to generate positive margin controls. For breast reduction patients, slide imprints were taken at cuts through the center of excised tissue. Analysis results from the presented technique were compared against standard pathologic diagnosis. Slides were stained with cytokeratin and Hoechst, imaged with an automated fluorescent microscope, and analyzed with a fast algorithm to automate discrimination between epithelial cells and noncellular debris.

RESULTS:

The accuracy of the automated analysis was 95% for identifying invasive cancers compared against final pathologic diagnosis. The overall sensitivity was 87% while specificity was 100% (no false positives). This is comparable to the best reported results from manual examination of intraoperative imprint cytology slides while reducing the need for direct input from a cytopathologist.

CONCLUSION:

This work demonstrates a proof of concept for developing a highly accurate and automated system for the intraoperative evaluation of margin status to guide surgical decisions and lower positive margin rates.

Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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21525740
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PMCID:
PMC3101495
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