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Title: Computerized ultrasound characterization of breast tumors
Authors: Alemán-Flores, M. 
Aleman-Flores, P 
Álvarez-León, L. 
Esteban-Sánchez, M. B.
Fuentes-Pavón, R.
Santana-Montesdeoca, J. M.
UNESCO Clasification: 220990 Tratamiento digital. Imágenes
32 Ciencias médicas
120601 Construcción de algoritmos
120602 Ecuaciones diferenciales
120326 Simulación
Keywords: Active contours
Breast cancer
Computer-aided diagnosis
Issue Date: 2005
Journal: International Congress Series
Conference: 19th International Congress and Exhibition on Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery 
Abstract: In this paper, we present a new approach to the segmentation and analysis of solid breast nodules in ultrasonography. We have applied computer vision techniques to segment the nodules and analyze a series of diagnostic criteria, which can help discriminate malignant and benignant tumors. The segmentation is carried out by means of a combination of a region growing algorithm and the active contour technique. On the other hand, the analysis of the diagnostic criteria involves several methods, such as the extraction of the minimum distance ellipse through gradient descent, pseudo-corner location or structure tensor. The methods that we propose have provided quite satisfactory results and show the usefulness of image processing techniques in the diagnosis by means of medical imaging. The aim of this work is not the substitution of the specialist, but the generation of a series of parameters which reduce the need of carrying out the biopsy.
ISSN: 0531-5131
DOI: 10.1016/j.ics.2005.03.157
Source: International Congress Series [ISSN 0531-5131], v. 1281, p. 1063-1068
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