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How can I extract the inner cell body(s) from the cell capsule in images (grayscale) such as these ??

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Gaurav Kudva
Gaurav Kudva on 5 Feb 2018
Answered: Arun Mathamkode on 22 Feb 2018
This is what I have written so far but I cannot seem to get the exact shape of the cell body in the mask
image_file = 'IMAGE_LOCATION';
image = imread(image_file);
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imshow(image);
image = adapthisteq(image);
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imshow(image);
image_wth = image - imopen(image, strel('disk', 5));
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imshow(image_wth);
image_bw = imbinarize(image_wth);
image_bw = bwareaopen(image_bw, 20);
image_bw = imclose(image_bw, strel('disk', 5));
image_bw = imfill(image_bw, 'holes');
B = bwboundaries(image_bw);
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imshow(image_bw);
hold on
visboundaries(B);
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imshowpair(image_wth, image_bw);
key = waitforbuttonpress;
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Gaurav Kudva
Gaurav Kudva on 6 Feb 2018
This is what the result looks like for the first image using the code given above.
But a part of the first cell body is missing in the mask.
So I need help in extracting the exact shape of the cell body in the mask. How do I go about it ??

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Arun Mathamkode
Arun Mathamkode on 22 Feb 2018
To get good results you have to finetune the parameters in the algorithm. For example, giving a lower threshold for imbinarize function (may be 0.1) will give you complete mask. Although I am not much clear about the algorithm you are using, I believe it is heavily depended on multiple parameters. Tuning these parameters for different images will be difficult.
If we can assume the cell body will be approximately circular, we can use imfindcircles to detect the circles in the image and use imfill to create the mask from the circle boundaries. I believe this approach will be more robust.

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