Comparison of bilateral-subtraction and single-image processing techniques in the computerized detection of mammographic masses.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Identification of regions as possible masses on digitized screen film mammograms is an important initial step in the computerized detection of breast carcinomas. Possible masses may be initially extracted using criteria based on optical densities, geometric patterns, and asymmetries between corresponding locations in right and left mammograms. In this study, the usefulness of information arising from mammographic asymmetries for the identification of mass lesions is investigated. METHODS: Two techniques are investigated--a nonlinear bilateral-subtraction technique based on image pairs and a local gray-level thresholding technique based on single images. Detection performances obtained with the two techniques in combination with various feature-analysis techniques are evaluated using 154 pairs of mammograms and compared using free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) analysis. RESULTS: The nonlinear bilateral-subtraction technique performed better than the local gray-level thresholding technique. CONCLUSION: The incorporation of asymmetric information appears to be useful for computerized identification of possible masses on mammograms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yin, FF; Giger, ML; Vyborny, CJ; Doi, K; Schmidt, RA

Published Date

  • June 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 473 - 481

PubMed ID

  • 8320064

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-9996

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004424-199306000-00001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States