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8 March 2011 Automatic lesion detection and segmentation algorithm on 2D breast ultrasound images
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Although X-ray mammography (MG) is the dominant imaging modality, ultrasonography (US), with recent advances in technologies, has proven very useful in the evaluation of breast abnormalities. But radiologist should investigate a lot of images for proper diagnosis unlike MG. This paper proposes the automatic algorithm of detecting and segmenting lesions on 2D breast ultrasound images to help radiologist. The detecting part is based on the Hough transform with downsampling process which is very efficient to sharpen the smooth lesion boundary and also to reduce the noise. In segmenting part, radial dependent contrast adjustment (RDCA) method is newly proposed. RDCA is introduced to overcome the limitation of Gaussian constraint function. It decreases contrast around the center of lesion but increases contrast proportional to the distance from the center of lesion. As a result, segmentation algorithm shows robustness in various shapes of lesion. The proposed algorithms may help to detect lesions and to find boundary of lesions efficiently.
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Donghoon Yu, Sooyeul Lee, Jeong Won Lee, and Seunghwan Kim "Automatic lesion detection and segmentation algorithm on 2D breast ultrasound images", Proc. SPIE 7963, Medical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 79631Y (8 March 2011);

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