18 March 2014 Development of a computer tool to detect and classify nodules in ultrasound breast images
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Due to the high incidence rate of breast cancer in women, many procedures have been developed to assist the diagnosis and early detection. Currently, ultrasonography has proved as a useful tool in distinguishing benign and malignant masses. In this context, the computer-aided diagnosis schemes have provided to the specialist a second opinion more accurately and reliably, minimizing the visual subjectivity between observers. Thus, we propose the application of an automatic detection method based on the use of the technique of active contour in order to show precisely the contour of the lesion and provide a better understanding of their morphology. For this, a total of 144 images of phantoms were segmented and submitted to morphological operations of opening and closing for smoothing the edges. Then morphological features were extracted and selected to work as input parameters for the neural classifier Multilayer Perceptron which obtained 95.34% correct classification of data and Az of 0.96.
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Karem D. Marcomini, Antonio O. Carneiro, Homero Schiabel, "Development of a computer tool to detect and classify nodules in ultrasound breast images", Proc. SPIE 9035, Medical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 90351O (18 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043048; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2043048
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