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Reducing false-positive detections by combining two stage-1 computer-aided mass detection algorithms
Author(s): Noah D. Bedard; Mehul P. Sampat; Patrick A. Stokes; Mia K. Markey
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a strategy for reducing the number of false-positives in computer-aided mass detection. Our approach is to only mark "consensus" detections from among the suspicious sites identified by different "stage-1" detection algorithms. By "stage-1" we mean that each of the Computer-aided Detection (CADe) algorithms is designed to operate with high sensitivity, allowing for a large number of false positives. In this study, two mass detection methods were used: (1) Heath and Bowyer's algorithm based on the average fraction under the minimum filter (AFUM) and (2) a low-threshold bi-lateral subtraction algorithm. The two methods were applied separately to a set of images from the Digital Database for Screening Mammography (DDSM) to obtain paired sets of mass candidates. The consensus mass candidates for each image were identified by a logical "and" operation of the two CADe algorithms so as to eliminate regions of suspicion that were not independently identified by both techniques. It was shown that by combining the evidence from the AFUM filter method with that obtained from bi-lateral subtraction, the same sensitivity could be reached with fewer false-positives per image relative to using the AFUM filter alone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6144, Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing, 61445U (17 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.656468
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Noah D. Bedard, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Mehul P. Sampat, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Patrick A. Stokes, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Mia K. Markey, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6144:
Medical Imaging 2006: Image Processing
Joseph M. Reinhardt; Josien P. W. Pluim, Editor(s)

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