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Creating a database of digital mammograms
Author(s): Susan M. Astley
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Paper Abstract

The introduction of many new programmes of mass screening for breast cancer has once again drawn attention to the problems associated with mammographic interpretation. Radiologists are required to read large numbers of films, most of which are normal, searching for abnormalities that may be small or subtle. High performance standards are essential if such screening programmes are to be effective. There is increasing acceptance of digital imaging amongst the radiological community, with routine use of inherently digital modalities such as CT and MRI, and with the emerging PACS culture which has highlighted the potential benefits of digital archiving and transmission of radiological images. In the screening context, advantages of digital image technology such as relatively compact data storage, flexible image management and manipulation, automatic detection and classification of significant structures, and reproducibility of analyses, may be of particular importance. The advent of digital technology may be rather slower in mammography, where the extremely high standards of image quality and resolution achieved in conventional film imaging cannot readily be matched by current technology. However, it is conceivable that the benefits gained by employing digital image processing and analysis methods might eventually compensate for any loss of image quality and enable more effective detection and analysis of early signs of breast disease.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1993
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1905, Biomedical Image Processing and Biomedical Visualization, (29 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148614
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Susan M. Astley, Univ. of Manchester Medical School (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1905:
Biomedical Image Processing and Biomedical Visualization
Raj S. Acharya; Dmitry B. Goldgof, Editor(s)

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