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Automatic cropping of breast regions for registration in MR mammography
Author(s): Matthias Koenig; Sven Kohle; Heinz-Otto Peitgen
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Paper Abstract

In MR mammography, usually the complete upper part of the body is recorded although for most diagnostic examinations and therapeutic planning only the regions around the breasts are important. This can lead to some disadvantages for automatic processing of images, e.g. higher time consumption and lesser accuracy in image registration. In this paper, we present a straight-forward method for automatic cropping of breast regions for registration in MR mammography. The method starts with processing two-dimensional slices. The result of this first step is statistically analyzed and a cropping-region for three-dimensional volumes is calculated. For each two-dimensional slice, the boundary between breast and air is identified by applying a threshold operator. This boundary describes a bimodal curve; the peaks for the right and left breast and the breastbone are found by searching among the curve's extremal points. An heuristic method analyzes this curve and further yields an estimation of the chest wall boundary to the inner body. For image registration purpose, we compare our proposed automatic cropping method with a simple cropping mechanism that defines the regions of the left and right breasts by reducing the volume to 60 percent from the margin of each side. It is shown that the proposed method works reliably and gives advantages regarding the time-quality tradeoff for automatic image registration in MR mammography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5747, Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing, (29 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.594522
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Matthias Koenig, MeVis (Germany)
Sven Kohle, MeVis (Germany)
Heinz-Otto Peitgen, MeVis (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5747:
Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Joseph M. Reinhardt, Editor(s)

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