Development of a classification model for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) using confocal Raman micro-spectroscopy

J Biophotonics. 2017 Dec;10(12):1703-1713. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201600303. Epub 2017 Jun 21.


Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in developed countries [1]. A subset of individuals with NAFLD progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD which predisposes individuals to cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma. The current gold standard for NASH diagnosis and staging is based on histological evaluation, which is largely semi-quantitative and subjective. To address the need for an automated and objective approach to NASH detection, we combined Raman micro-spectroscopy and machine learning techniques to develop a classification model based on a well-established NASH mouse model, using spectrum pre-processing, biochemical component analysis (BCA) and logistic regression. By employing a selected pool of biochemical components, we identified biochemical changes specific to NASH and show that the classification model is capable of accurately detecting NASH (AUC=0.85-0.87) in mice. The unique biochemical fingerprint generated in this study may serve as a useful criterion to be leveraged for further validation in clinical samples.

Keywords: Raman micro-spectroscopic imaging; biochemical component analysis; model fitting; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microscopy*
  • Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease / pathology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Spectrum Analysis, Raman*