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Density based breast segmentation for mammograms using graph cut techniques

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5 Author(s)
Nafiza Saidin ; School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia ; Umi Kalthum Ngah ; Harsa Amylia Mat Sakim ; Ding Nik Siong
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In this work we explore the application of graph cuts techniques to the problem of finding the boundary of different breast tissue regions in mammograms. The goal of the segmentation algorithm is to see if graph cuts algorithm could separate different densities for the different breast patterns. The graph cut is applied with multi-selection of seeds label to provide the hard constraint, whereas the seeds labels are selected based on user defined. Graph cuts have been explored on images of various imaging modalities but not on mammograms just yet. Therefore, this project is mainly focused on using graph cut algorithm to perform segmentation to increase visibility of different breast densities in mammography images. Segmentation of the mammogram into different mammographic densities is useful for risk assessment and quantitative evaluation of density changes. Our proposed methodology for the segmentation of mammograms on the basis of their region into different densities based categories has been tested on MIAS database.

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TENCON 2009 - 2009 IEEE Region 10 Conference

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23-26 Jan. 2009