Using the CAS-200 image analysis system, we compared the relationship between semiautomated computer measurements (QIC score) and visual scoring (H score) on 30 breast cancer fine needle aspirates (FNAs) and corresponding tissue specimens stained by the estrogen receptor immunocytochemical assay. These results were compared to the corresponding biochemistry assays for ER. We also investigated whether the computerized system could decrease false- negative staining for ER in 32 cryostat sections. QIC scores were generated using fixed nuclear and antibody thresholds after standardizing the illumination. Computer quantitation was essentially as precise as visual semiquantitation for FNAs: a small but significant correlation was found between tumor ER content and QIC score (r = .504, P < .02) as compared with H score and ER content (r(s) = .55, P < .005). The computerized system did not decrease the false-negative rate in cryostat sections. In all, computerized quantitation was no better than visual analysis of ER staining in these breast carcinomas.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Analytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
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