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Application of image processing techniques for contrast enhancement in dense breast digital mammograms
Author(s): Fatima de Lourdes dos Santos Nunes; Homero Schiabel; Rodrigo Henrique Benatti
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Paper Abstract

Dense breasts, that usually are characteristic of women less than 40 years old, difficult many times early detection of breast cancer. In this work we present the application of some image processing techniques intended to enhance the contrast in dense breast images, regarding the detection of clustered microcalcifications. The procedure was, firstly, determining in the literature the main techniques used for mammographic images contrast enhancement. The results indicate that, in general: (1) as expected, the overall performance of the CAD scheme for clusters detection decreased when applied exclusively to dense breast images, compared to the application to a set of images without this characteristic; (2) most of the techniques for contrast enhancement used successfully in generic mammography images databases are not able to enhance structures of athirst in databases formed only by dense breasts images, due to the very poor contrast between microcalcifications, for example, and other tissues. These features should stress, therefore, the need of developing a methodology specifically for this type of images in order to provide better conditions to the detection of breast suspicious structures in these group of women.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3661, Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing, (21 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348505
Show Author Affiliations
Fatima de Lourdes dos Santos Nunes, Univ. de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Homero Schiabel, Univ. de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Rodrigo Henrique Benatti, Univ. de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3661:
Medical Imaging 1999: Image Processing
Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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