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Evaluation of a simulation procedure designed to recognize shape and contour of suspicious masses in mammography
Author(s): Maria A. Z. Sousa; Paula N. Siqueira; Homero Schiabel
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Paper Abstract

A large number of breast phantoms have been developed for conducting quality tests, characterization of imaging systems and computer aided diagnosis schemes, dosimetry and image perception. The realism of these phantoms is important for ensuring the accuracy of results and a greater range of applications. In this work, a developed phantom is considered proposing the use of PVC films for simulation of nodules inserted in the breast parenchyma designed for classification between malignant and benign signals according to the BI-RADS® standard. The investigation includes analysis of radiographic density, mass shape and its corresponding contour outlined by experienced radiologists. The material was cut based on lesions margins found in 44 clinical cases, which were divided between circumscribed and spiculated structures. Tests were performed to check the ability of the specialists in distinguishing the contour compared to actual cases while the shapes accuracy was determined quantitatively by evaluation metrics. Results showed the applicability of the chosen material creating image radiological patterns very similar to the actual ones.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9416, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 941618 (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081231
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Maria A. Z. Sousa, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Paula N. Siqueira, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Homero Schiabel, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9416:
Medical Imaging 2015: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Claudia R. Mello-Thoms; Matthew A. Kupinski, Editor(s)

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