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A two-dimensional locally regularized strain estimation technique: preliminary clinical results for the assessment of benign and malignant breast lesions
Author(s): Elisabeth Brusseau; Valérie Detti; Agnès Coulon; Emmanuèle Maissiat; Nawèle Boublay; Yves Berthezène; Jérémie Fromageau; Nigel Bush; Jeffrey Bamber
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Paper Abstract

We previously developed a 2D locally regularized strain estimation technique that was already validated with ex vivo tissues. In this study, our technique is assessed with in vivo data, by examining breast abnormalities in clinical conditions. Method reliability is analyzed as well as tissue strain fields according to the benign or malignant character of the lesion. Ultrasound RF data were acquired in two centers on ten lesions, five being classified as fibroadenomas, the other five being classified as malignant tumors, mainly ductal carcinomas from grades I to III. The estimation procedure we developed involves maximizing a similarity criterion (the normalized correlation coefficient or NCC) between pre- and post-compression images, the deformation effects being considered. The probability of correct strain estimation is higher if this coefficient is closer to 1. Results demonstrated the ability of our technique to provide good-quality strain images with clinical data. For all lesions, movies of tissue strain during compression were obtained, with strains that can reach 15%. The NCC averaged over each movie was computed, leading for the ten cases to a mean value of 0.93, a minimum value of 0.87 and a maximum value of 0.98. These high NCC values confirm the reliability of the strain estimation. Moreover, lesions were clearly identified for the ten cases investigated. Finally, we have observed with malignant lesions that compared to ultrasound data, strain images can put in relief a more important lesion size, and can help in evaluating the lesion invasive character.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7968, Medical Imaging 2011: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy, 79680J (26 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877683
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Elisabeth Brusseau, CREATIS-LRMN, CNRS, INSERM U630, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Valérie Detti, CREATIS-LRMN, CNRS, INSERM U630, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Agnès Coulon, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse (France)
Emmanuèle Maissiat, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse (France)
Nawèle Boublay, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Yves Berthezène, CREATIS-LRMN, CNRS, INSERM U630, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse (France)
Jérémie Fromageau, The Institute of Cancer Research (United Kingdom)
Nigel Bush, The Institute of Cancer Research (United Kingdom)
Jeffrey Bamber, The Institute of Cancer Research (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7968:
Medical Imaging 2011: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy
Jan D'hooge; Marvin M. Doyley, Editor(s)

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