This paper presents preliminary results of research toward the development of a high resolution analysis stage for a dual resolution image processing based prescreening device for cervical cytology. Experiments using both manual and automatic methods for cell segmentation are described. In both cases, 1500 cervical cells were analyzed and classified as normal or abnormal (dysplastic or malignant) using a minimum Mahalanobis distance classifier with 8 subclasses of normal cells, and 5 subclasses of abnormal cells. With manual segmentation, false positive and false negative error rates of 2.98 and 7.73% were obtained. Similar experiments using automatic cell segmentation methods yielded false positive and false negative error rates of 3.90 and 11.56%, respectively. In both cases, independant training and testing data were used.
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