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New Computerized Color Image Analysis for the Quantification of Interstitial Fibrosis in Renal Transplantation

Abstract : Background. Chronic allograft injury, the primary cause of late allograft failure in renal transplantation, can be diagnosed early at a preclinical stage by histopathological changes such as interstitial fibrosis (IF). Currently, assessed by semiquantitative analysis in the Banff classification, IF quantification is limited by pathologist's subjective interpretation. Methods. We have designed algorithms dedicated to quantify IF by computerized color image analysis. This innovative and objective software automatically extracts the green areas characteristic of IF in Masson's trichrome based on color image segmentation followed by removal of nonspecific IF staining (capsula, sclerosis glomeruli and normal glomeruli, normal basement membrane) and computes an index. It also counts automatically the number of glomeruli. Sixty-seven Masson stained renal transplant biopsies at various IF stages were imaged using a digital color camera mounted on a microscope. We tested the robustness of the method against varying acquisition parameters. Results. We demonstrated that the parameters do not have an impact on this quantification and that the algorithm is able to handle biopsy color variations. The intra- and interobserver reproducibility was good (P<0.003). The kappa coefficient that was performed on another set of 90 biopsies to evaluate the concordance of our method with an expert Banff quantification was 0.68, indicating a substantial agreement. Finally, the computerized IF correlated with renal function. Conclusion. This study demonstrates that computerized color image analysis is a reliable and reproducible method to evaluate renal IF in routine practice and in multi-centric studies.
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Vannary Meas Yedid, Aude Servais, Laure-Hélène Noël, Clarisse Panterne, Paul Landais, et al.. New Computerized Color Image Analysis for the Quantification of Interstitial Fibrosis in Renal Transplantation. Transplantation, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2011, 92 (8), pp.890-899. ⟨10.1097/TP.0b013e31822d879a⟩. ⟨pasteur-03721363⟩

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