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Digital mammography: a weak continuity texture representation for detection of microcalcifications
Author(s): Barbara Caputo; Giovanni E. Gigante
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a Weak Continuity Texture Representation (WCTR) method for detecting clustered microcalcifications in digitized mammograms. This technique is compared with other texture-analysis methods (Co-occurrence Matrices, Gabor Energy Mask, and Wavelet Filter). The WCTR is a new method for texture representation, based on the characterization of textures using statistics of their coarseness. Form edge maps, obtained by a weak membrane at different noise levels, density values are computed which are representative of the texture coarseness. We chose six different noise levels; each texture class is then represented by six edge-density values. Textural features extracted using the four methods are used to discriminate between positive ROI's containing clustered microcalcifications and negative ROI's containing normal tissue; a three-layer backpropagation neural network is employed as a classifier. A ROC analysis is used to evaluate the classification performance. From an original database of 151 ROIs two different combinations of training and testing sets are used: 50/70 training cases and 101/81 testing cases. The best performance is obtained with the WCTR method in both cases (92% and 93% respectively). These results show the effectiveness of WCTR for the detection of microcalcifications in mammographic images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4322, Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing, (3 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.431057
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Barbara Caputo, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
Giovanni E. Gigante, Univ. of Rome La Sapieza (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4322:
Medical Imaging 2001: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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