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Computer-aided diagnosis for classification of focal liver lesions on contrast-enhanced ultrasonography: feature extraction and characterization of vascularity patterns
Author(s): Junji Shiraishi; Katsutoshi Sugimoto; Naohisa Kamiyama; Fuminori Moriyasu; Kunio Doi
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) scheme for classifying focal liver lesions (FLLs) into hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), liver metastasis, and hemangioma, by use of B-mode and micro flow imaging (MFI) of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography. We used 98 cases in this study, in which 104 FLLs consisted of 68 HCCs, 21 metastases, and 15 hemangiomas. MFI was obtained with contrast-enhanced low-mechanical-index (MI) pulse subtraction imaging at a fixed plane which included a distinctive cross section of the FLL. In the MFI, the inflow high signals in the plane, which were due to the vascular patterns and the contrast agent, were accumulated following flash scanning with a high-MI ultrasound exposure. In this study, in addition to the existing 29 image features extracted from MFI images, such as replenishment time, the average and the standard deviation of pixel values in a FLL, and the average thickness of vessel-like patterns, four types of image features were extracted from MFI, temporal subtraction and B-mode images based on small square regions of interest (ROIs: 4x4 matrix size) placed to cover a whole region of the FLL. The four features were 1) uniformity of average pixel values for all ROIs, 2) peak pixel values in a histogram of average pixel values of ROIs, 3) fraction of hypoechoic regions within an FLL, and 4) cross-correlation of pixel values within an FLL between B-mode and MFI images. Overall classification accuracies performed by this CAD scheme were 87.5% for all 104 liver lesions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6915, Medical Imaging 2008: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 691532 (17 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.770361
Show Author Affiliations
Junji Shiraishi, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Katsutoshi Sugimoto, Tokyo Medical Univ. (Japan)
Naohisa Kamiyama, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (Japan)
Fuminori Moriyasu, Tokyo Medical Univ. (Japan)
Kunio Doi, Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6915:
Medical Imaging 2008: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Maryellen L. Giger; Nico Karssemeijer, Editor(s)

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