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Histologic characterization of DCE-MRI breast tumors with dimensional data reduction
Author(s): Claudio Varini; Andreas Degenhard; Tim W. Nattkemper
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Paper Abstract

The assessment of similarities of breast tumors in DCE-MRI is an important step to improving diagnostic accuracy. A comparison of a breast lesion with different histologic types of tumors can in addition provide further clinical information on the nature of the lesion itself. We present an approach to the visual comparison of different histologic types of breast tumor utilizing Locally Linear Embedding (LLE), an algorithm for dimensional data reduction.The experimental dataset contains the time-series of seven benign and seven malignant breast tumors of various histologic types that were manually labeled by an expert physician from a sequence of DCE-MRI volumes. The adopted DCE-MRI protocol involves six consecutive images of the female breast, yielding to a six-dimensional time-series of MR intensity values for each voxel. The set of all time-series from the 14 tumors constitutes a six-dimensional signal space where similar time-series exhibit locality. This high-dimensional dataset is projected into two dimensions by LLE while preserving the local space topology. In this way similar time-series are mapped onto neighboring data points in the LLE projection. Its visualization with customized colors encoding the histologic information provides a convenient interface for interactive comparison of various breast tumors belonging to different histologic families.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6144, Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing, 614462 (17 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.653273
Show Author Affiliations
Claudio Varini, Univ. Bielefeld (Germany)
Andreas Degenhard, Univ. Bielefeld (Germany)
Tim W. Nattkemper, Univ. Bielefeld (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6144:
Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing
Joseph M. Reinhardt; Josien P. W. Pluim, Editor(s)

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