Automated Gland Segmentation Leading to Cancer Detection for Colorectal Biopsy Images

  • Syed Fawad Hussain Naqvi
  • Salahuddin Ayubi
  • Ammara NasimEmail author
  • Zeeshan Zafar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 70)


Glandular formation and morphology along with the architectural appearance of glands exhibit significant importance in the detection and prognosis of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. The extracted glandular information from segmentation of histopathology images facilitate the pathologists to grade the aggressiveness of tumor. Manual segmentation and classification of glands is often time consuming due to large datasets from a single patient. We are presenting an algorithm that can automate the segmentation as well as classification of H and E (hematoxylin and eosin) stained colorectal cancer histopathology images. In comparison to research being conducted on cancers like prostate and breast, the literature for colorectal cancer segmentation is scarce. Inter as well as intra-gland variability and cellular heterogeneity has made this a strenuous problem. The proposed approach includes intensity-based information, morphological operations along with the Deep Convolutional Neural network (CNN) to evaluate the malignancy of tumor. This method is presented to outpace the traditional algorithms. We used transfer learning technique to train AlexNet for classification. The dataset is taken from MCCAI GlaS challenge which contains total 165 images in which 80 are benign and 85 are malignant. Our algorithm is successful in classification of malignancy with an accuracy of 90.40, Sensitivity 89% and Specificity of 91%.


Colorectal cancer Malignant Benign Glands Segmentation Convolutional neural networks (CNN) 



We are thankful to MCCAI GlaS 2015 contest for providing us with the relevant data [6].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Fawad Hussain Naqvi
    • 1
  • Salahuddin Ayubi
    • 1
  • Ammara Nasim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zeeshan Zafar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringBahria UniversityIslamabadPakistan

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