Artificial Intelligence in Automated Classification of Rat Vaginal Smear Cells
Analytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology
Microscopic examination of vaginal smears has been used routinely to determine the stage of the estrous cycle of female rats in reproductive research. The stage of the estrous cycle is based on relative counts of nucleated epithelial cells, cornified epithelial cells and leukocytes. The purpose of this project was to explore automation of vaginal smear analysis using image processing and artificial intelligence techniques. A fully connected back-propagation neural network was used to locate all potential objects in a digitized scene. A unique algorithm was then employed to center a subsequent sampling box to collect pixel intensity values from the red and green components of each image. A final neural network was used in the classification of cell type. Neural networks were used because of their ability to generalize among input patterns and to tolerate extraneous noise due to variations in staining artifacts and aberrant illumination of the microscope field. This preliminary cell diagnosing system not only provides the basis for the fully automated system but also provides a method by which many other cytologic image processing problems can be automated.
Rats, vaginal smears, estrous, reproduction, artificial intelligence (AI)
Schaberg, E. S.; Jordan, W. H.; and Kuyatt, Brian L., "Artificial Intelligence in Automated Classification of Rat Vaginal Smear Cells" (1992). Center for Teaching and Learning Publications. 18.