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Computer-Aided Interval Change Analysis of Microcalcifications on Mammograms for Breast Cancer Detection

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Annual rept. 1 Jul 2004-30 Jun 2005

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The goal of this project is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis CAD system for automatic interval change analysis of microcalcification clusters on mammograms. Based on our regional registration method a local area on the prior that may contain the corresponding cluster is determined. A search program is used to detect cluster candidates within the local area. The cluster on the current image is then paired with the candidates to form true TP-TP or false TP-FP pairs. A correspondence classifier CC using automatically extracted features is designed to reduce the false pairs. A temporal classifier TC based on current and prior information is used if a cluster is detected in the prior, and a current classifier CurC based on current information alone is used if no prior cluster is detected. 175 temporal pairs of mammograms were used for evaluation. The search program detected 90.2 of the clusters on the priors with an average of 0.43 FPsimage. The CC identified 85 l49175 of the TP-TP pairs with 15 false matches within the 164 image pairs that had detected clusters. The TC achieved a test Az of 0.83 for the 164 pairs for classifying the clusters as malignant or benign. For the 11 clusters without detection on the prior, the test Az by the CurC was 0.72. The radiologist achieved an Az of 0.72 for both the 175 and the 164 temporal pairs.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Cybernetics

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