23 April 2014 Segmentation of breast masses on dedicated breast computed tomography and three-dimensional breast ultrasound images
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We present and evaluate a method for the three-dimensional (3-D) segmentation of breast masses on dedicated breast computed tomography (bCT) and automated 3-D breast ultrasound images. The segmentation method, refined from our previous segmentation method for masses on contrast-enhanced bCT, includes two steps: (1) initial contour estimation and (2) active contour-based segmentation to further evolve and refine the initial contour by adding a local energy term to the level-set equation. Segmentation performance was assessed in terms of Dice coefficients (DICE) for 129 lesions on noncontrast bCT, 38 lesions on contrast-enhanced bCT, and 98 lesions on 3-D breast ultrasound (US) images. For bCT, DICE values of 0.82 and 0.80 were obtained on contrast-enhanced and noncontrast images, respectively. The improvement in segmentation performance with respect to that of our previous method was statistically significant (p=0.002 ). Moreover, segmentation appeared robust with respect to the presence of glandular tissue. For 3-D breast US, the DICE value was 0.71. Hence, our method obtained promising results for both 3-D imaging modalities, laying a solid foundation for further quantitative image analysis and potential future expansion to other 3-D imaging modalities.
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Hsien-Chi Kuo, Hsien-Chi Kuo, Maryellen L. Giger, Maryellen L. Giger, Ingrid Reiser, Ingrid Reiser, Karen Drukker, Karen Drukker, John M. Boone, John M. Boone, Karen K. Lindfors, Karen K. Lindfors, Kai Yang, Kai Yang, Alexandra V. Edwards, Alexandra V. Edwards, Charlene A. Sennett, Charlene A. Sennett, } "Segmentation of breast masses on dedicated breast computed tomography and three-dimensional breast ultrasound images," Journal of Medical Imaging 1(1), 014501 (23 April 2014). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.1.1.014501 . Submission:
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