Automatic Breast Cancer Grading of Histological Images Based on Colour and Texture Descriptors

  • Auxiliadora SarmientoEmail author
  • Irene Fondón
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10882)


The early diagnosis of breast cancer is extremely important to save lives, but breast cancer diagnosis and prediction is very complex and time consuming. In this article we propose a CAD tool for automated malignancy assessment of breast tissue histological images into four classes: normal, benign, in situ and invasive. The problem is very complex, since histological images exhibit a highly variable appearance, even within the same malignancy level. We compute a features vector related to nuclei, colour regions and textures for each image that serves as an input to a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier with a quadratic kernel. System performance has been measure as its classification accuracy using 10-fold cross-validation within an initial set of 400 images. Our approach yields good results with an overall accuracy of 79.2%, and outperforms several other state-of the art algorithms.


Breast cancer Computer-aided diagnosis Digital pathology Pattern recognition and classification Tissue malignancy 



This work was supported by the Government of Spain [grant number TEC2014-53103-P and TEC2017-82807-P].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Teoría de la Señal y ComunicacionesUniversidad de SevillaSevillaSpain

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