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Segmentation of the breast region in mammograms using active contours
Author(s): Michael A Wirth; Alexei Stapinski
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Paper Abstract

The largest single feature on a mammogram is the skin-air interface, or breast contour. Extraction of the breast contour is useful for a number of reasons. Foremost it allows the search for abnormalities to be limited to the region of the breast without undue influence from the background of the mammogram. Segmentation of the breast-region from the background is made difficult by the tapering nature of the breast, such that the breast contour lies in between the soft-tissue and the non-breast region. This paper explores the application of active contours to the problem of extracting the breast region in mammograms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5150, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2003, (23 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.503210
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Michael A Wirth, Univ. of Guelph (Canada)
Alexei Stapinski, Univ. of Guelph (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5150:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2003
Touradj Ebrahimi; Thomas Sikora, Editor(s)

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