A Novel Image Processing Method for Visualizing the Vascular Pattern of Human Uterine Cérvix

  • Daniel A. Botero-Rosas Universidad de La Sabana
  • Cristhian J. Murcia Garzón Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
  • Laura M. Roa Barrantes Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
  • José M. Fuentes Clinical Laboratory for Prevention in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Previgin), Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Juan S. León-Ariza Mediciencias Research Group, Unicolciencias, Bogotá, Colombia.
Keywords: Colposcopy, Cervical Vascular Patterns, Digital Image Processing, Human Papilloma Virus, Uterine Cervical Cancer


Cancer of the uterine cervix is a public health problem worldwide. Colposcopy is the commonest method employed to visualize human uterine cervix, and to diagnose uterine cervical cancer. When this structure is altered, colposcopy identifies and grades a number of characteristics of the lesions such as sizes, borders, shapes and vascular patterns. However, some drawbacks of the findings obtained by the classical colposcopic method are still unanswered. To improve the quality of the data obtained with colposcopy, selected images of human cervix were studied; further, a novel processing analysis was done using the top-hat and direct threshold methods. The analysis tree included selection of the image, elimination of frequency of oxyhemoglobin absorption, unsharped mask, treatment of specular highlights, filter approach and adjustment of intensity levels.We found that the top-hat method was superior that the direct threshold method to visualize the vascular pattern of human uterine cervix (93,1 % vs 85,1 %; p < 0,05). These findings were unrelated to the filter used. These results may help to increase the likelihood of detecting uterine cervical cancer of humans at earlier stages of the disease than known to date.


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How to Cite
Botero-Rosas, D. A., Murcia Garzón, C. J., Roa Barrantes, L. M., Fuentes, J. M., & León-Ariza, J. S. (2017, January 30). A Novel Image Processing Method for Visualizing the Vascular Pattern of Human Uterine Cérvix. Revista Científica General José María Córdova, 15(19), 291-306. https://doi.org/10.21830/19006586.77