20 March 2015 A new Fourier transform based CBIR scheme for mammographic mass classification: a preliminary invariance assessment
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The purpose of this study is to develop and test a new content-based image retrieval (CBIR) scheme that enables to achieve higher reproducibility when it is implemented in an interactive computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system without significantly reducing lesion classification performance. This is a new Fourier transform based CBIR algorithm that determines image similarity of two regions of interest (ROI) based on the difference of average regional image pixel value distribution in two Fourier transform mapped images under comparison. A reference image database involving 227 ROIs depicting the verified soft-tissue breast lesions was used. For each testing ROI, the queried lesion center was systematically shifted from 10 to 50 pixels to simulate inter-user variation of querying suspicious lesion center when using an interactive CAD system. The lesion classification performance and reproducibility as the queried lesion center shift were assessed and compared among the three CBIR schemes based on Fourier transform, mutual information and Pearson correlation. Each CBIR scheme retrieved 10 most similar reference ROIs and computed a likelihood score of the queried ROI depicting a malignant lesion. The experimental results shown that three CBIR schemes yielded very comparable lesion classification performance as measured by the areas under ROC curves with the p-value greater than 0.498. However, the CBIR scheme using Fourier transform yielded the highest invariance to both queried lesion center shift and lesion size change. This study demonstrated the feasibility of improving robustness of the interactive CAD systems by adding a new Fourier transform based image feature to CBIR schemes.
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Rohith Reddy Gundreddy, Rohith Reddy Gundreddy, Maxine Tan, Maxine Tan, Yuchen Qui, Yuchen Qui, Bin Zheng, Bin Zheng, "A new Fourier transform based CBIR scheme for mammographic mass classification: a preliminary invariance assessment", Proc. SPIE 9414, Medical Imaging 2015: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 941420 (20 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081957; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2081957

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