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Mammographic thickness compensation for image analysis and display enhancement
Author(s): Dan Rico; Martin Joel Yaffe; Bindu J. Augustine; Gordon E. Mawdsley
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Paper Abstract

This paper proposes a novel algorithm for mammographic image enhancenment, based on identifying the peripheral region of the breast and suppressing the large change in signal caused by reduction of thickness there, while maintaining the local contrast information related to tissue composition. The thickness compensation algorithm consists of three processing steps. The first step is to generate a thickness map using two phantoms, one which simulates the shape of the breast in the cranio-caudal projection and a second one as a triangular attenuator. The second step is to warp the phantom thickness map in the peripheral region to that of the breast image. The third step is to equalize the signal values in the peripheral region relative to the signal in the uniform thickness area using the warped thickness map data. Examples are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed method in effectively suppressing the large range of signal caused by thickness changes in the peripheral region, thereby facilitating image presentation and analysis. The performance of the proposed algorithm was also evaluated on clinical mammograms by computing volumetric breast density.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5032, Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing, (15 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480828
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Rico, Sunnybrook and Women's College HSC (Canada)
Martin Joel Yaffe, Sunnybrook and Women's College HSC (Canada)
Bindu J. Augustine, Sunnybrook and Women's College HSC (Canada)
Gordon E. Mawdsley, Sunnybrook and Women's College HSC (Canada)

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

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