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Segmentation and modelling of hela nuclear envelope

Karabağ, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4424-0471, Jones, M. L., Peddie, C. J. , Weston, A. E., Collinson, L. M. & Reyes-Aldasoro, C. C. ORCID: 0000-0002-9466-2018 (2019). Segmentation and modelling of hela nuclear envelope. 2019 IEEE 16th International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2019), pp. 1510-1513. doi: 10.1109/ISBI.2019.8759151


This paper describes an algorithm to segment the 3D nuclear envelope of HeLa cancer cells from electron microscopy images and model the volumetric shape of the nuclear envelope against an ellipsoid. The algorithm was trained on a single cell and then tested in six separate cells. To assess the algorithm, Jaccard similarity index and Hausdorff distance against a manually-delineated gold standard were calculated on two cells. The mean Jaccard value and Hausdorff distance that the segmentation achieved for central slices were 98% and 4 pixels for the first cell and 94% and 13 pixels for the second cell and outperformed segmentation with active contours. The modelling projects a 3D to a 2D surface that summarises the complexity of the shape in an intuitive result. Measurements extracted from the modelled surface may be useful to correlate shape with biological characteristics. The algorithm is unsupervised, fully automatic, fast and processes one image in less than 10 seconds. Code and data are freely available at and

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Publisher Keywords: Segmentation; HeLa; Active contours
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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