Cervical Cancer is a largely preventable disease, but worldwide it is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women, with most deaths occurring in low to middle income countries. Screening tests such as the conventional pap smear or Liquid-based cytology (LBC) has been responsible for a 50% decrease in Cervical Cancer deaths.
The purpose of this project it to explore image processing techniques to count and then detect malignant cells with specific morphological alterations. The images will be acquired with a generic microscope using the ‘Skylight’ smartphone-to-microscope adapter, as well as with the MalariaScope prototype.
The developed image processing module should be able to detect the adequability of the cellular samples for testing and search malignant cells with specific morphological alterations.
Since the application of such Cervical Cancer screening programs in low to middle income countries strongly depends on the financial means and specialized resources, this project aims to identify the suitability of usage of a low cost solution (the MalariaScope prototype) to observe LBC samples together with the development of an image processing module to help in such screening process.
Author: José Ferreira
Type: MSc thesis
Partner: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto