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Computerized detection of mammographic lesions: performance of artificial neural network with enhanced feature extraction
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Paper Abstract

Artificial neural networks have been applied to the differentiation of masses from false- positive detections in digital mammograms. A database of 110 pairs of digital mammograms containing a total of 102 masses (54 malignant, 48 benign) was utilized in this study. Three- hundred-two false positive regions were selected from these images to be used in the training of the artificial neural network. Over 90 features were calculated for both the true masses and the false positives. Features that showed the most separation, in a one-dimensional analysis, between true positives and false positives were selected for artificial neural network input. A three level feed-forward neural network was used with one input layer, one hidden layer and an output layer. By varying the structure and learning rate of the neural network an optimal structure was found. The performance of the ANN was evaluated by means of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) analysis. Results from a round robin evaluation yielded an Az of 0.97 in the task of differentiating between masses and false-positive detections. In the future, multi-dimensional feature analysis will be performed to obtain the optimal performance using a combination of rule-based decision making along with artificial neural networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2434, Medical Imaging 1995: Image Processing, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208759
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew A. Kupinski, Trinity Univ. (United States)
Maryellen Lissak Giger, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Ping Lu, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Zhimin Huo, Univ. of Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2434:
Medical Imaging 1995: Image Processing
Murray H. Loew, Editor(s)

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