Identification of breast vascular calcium deposition in digital mammography by linear structure analysis

Jie Zhi Cheng, Chung Ming Chen, Dinggang Shen

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Abstract

Computerized detection of vascular calcium depositions in mamagraphy is a new research topics, which is driven by the clinical hypothesis of the association with many related cardiovascular diseases. In several previous studies [7, 9], calcification cue plays a very important role in the computerized analysis. We observe that vascular calcium depositions can be identified with high confidence if they appear in a bright railway pattern. Accordingly, a linear structure analysis method is introduced in this study to detect most true calcifications and also keep the false positives as little as possible. The proposed method is tested with 40 mammograms and achieves performance of 93.8×1.3% in sensitivity and 84.7×3.9% in specificity. The output of this linear structure analysis may provide more reliable calcification cue for the subsequent vessel tracking process, which will be investigated in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
Pages126-129
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 15
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 9th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2012 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2012 May 22012 May 5

Other

Other2012 9th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, ISBI 2012
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period12/5/212/5/5

Keywords

  • Breast vascular calcification
  • Linear structure analysis
  • Mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Cheng, J. Z., Chen, C. M., & Shen, D. (2012). Identification of breast vascular calcium deposition in digital mammography by linear structure analysis. In Proceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (pp. 126-129). [6235500] https://doi.org/10.1109/ISBI.2012.6235500