Learning to predict cutting angles from histological human brain sectionsDownload PDF

Published: 11 May 2021, Last Modified: 16 May 2023MIDL 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: cytoarchitecture, histology, deep learning, human brain
TL;DR: We present a method to predict cutting angles of histological brain sections, aiming to exclude obliquely cut tissue regions from subsequent analysis tasks.
Abstract: Studying brain architecture at the cellular level requires histological image analysis of sectioned postmortem samples. We trained a deep neural network to estimate relative angles between the cutting plane and the local 3D brain surface from 2D cortical image patches sampled from microscopic scans of human brain tissue sections. The model allows to automatically identify obliquely cut tissue parts, which often confuse downstream texture classification tasks and typically require specific treatment in image analysis workflows. It has immediate applications for the automated analysis of brain structures, like cytoarchitectonic mapping of the highly convoluted human brain.
Paper Type: validation/application paper
Primary Subject Area: Application: Other
Secondary Subject Area: Segmentation
Paper Status: original work, not submitted yet
Source Code Url: https://jugit.fz-juelich.de/experiments_cschiffer/2020_cutting_angle
Data Set Url: Images of histological brain sections are currently not publicly available due to infrastructure limitations resulting from the large size and number of files. 3D reconstructed data of the BigBrain used for cutting angle estimation can be found at ftp://bigbrain.loris.ca/BigBrainRelease.2015/.
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