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Mammographic mass characterization using sharpness and lobulation measures
Author(s): Celia Varela; J. M. Muller; Nico Karssemeijer
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Paper Abstract

For radiologists lesion margin appearance is of high importance when classifying breast masses as malignant or benign lesions. In this study, we developed different measures to characterize the margin of a lesion. Towards this goal, we developed a series of algorithms to quantify the degree of sharpness and lobulation of a mass margin. Besides, to estimate spiculation of a margin, features previously developed for mass detection were used. Images selected from the publicly available data set "Digital Database for Screening Mammography" were used for development and evaluation of these algorithms. The data set consisted of 777 images corresponding to 382 patients. To extract lesions from the mammograms a segmentation algorithm based on dynamic programming was used. Features were extracted for each lesion. A k-nearest neighbor algorithm was used in combination with a leave-one-out procedure to select the best features for classification purposes. Classification accuracy was evaluated using the area Az under the receiver operating characteristic curve. The average test Az value for the task of classifying masses on a single mammographic view was 0.79. In a case-based evaluation we obtained an Az value of 0.84.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5032, Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing, (15 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480161
Show Author Affiliations
Celia Varela, Univ. Medical Ctr. Nijmegen (Netherlands)
J. M. Muller, Univ. Medical Ctr. Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Nico Karssemeijer, Univ. Medical Ctr. Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5032:
Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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