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20 March 2014 Breast boundary detection with active contours
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Ultrasound tomography is a modality that can be used to image various characteristics of the breast, such as sound speed, attenuation, and reflectivity. In the considered setup, the breast is immersed in water and scanned along the coronal axis from the chest wall to the nipple region. To improve image visualization, it is desirable to remove the water background. To this end, the 3D boundary of the breast must be accurately estimated. We present an iterative algorithm based on active contours that automatically detects the boundary of a breast using a 3D stack of attenuation images obtained from an ultrasound tomography scanner. We build upon an existing method to design an algorithm that is fast, fully automated, and reliable. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique using clinical data sets.
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I. Balic, P. Goyal, O. Roy, and N. Duric "Breast boundary detection with active contours", Proc. SPIE 9040, Medical Imaging 2014: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 90400D (20 March 2014);

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