Classifying Breast Masses in Volumetric Whole Breast Ultrasound Data: A 2.5-Dimensional Approach

Gobert Lee, T Okada, D Fukuoka, C Muramatsu, T Hara, T Morita, E Takada, T Endo, H Fujita

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    The aim of this paper is to investigate a 2.5-dimensional approach in classifying masses as benign or malignant in volumetric anisotropic voxel whole breast ultrasound data. In this paper, the term 2.5-dimensional refers to the use of a series of 2-dimensional images. While mammography is very effective in breast cancer screening in general, it is less sensitivity in detecting breast cancer in younger women or women with dense breasts. Breast ultrasonography does not have the same limitation and is a valuable adjunct in breast cancer detection. We have previously reported on the clinical value of volumetric data collected from a prototype whole breast ultrasound scanner. The current study focuses on a new 2.5-dimensional approach in analyzing the volumetric whole breast ultrasound data for mass classification. Sixty-three mass lesions were studied. Of them 33 were malignant and 30 benign. Features based on compactness, orientation, shape, depth-to-width ratio, homogeneity and posterior echo were measured. Linear discriminant analysis and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis were employed for classification and performance evaluation. The area under the ROC curve (AUC) was 0.91 using all breast masses for training and testing and 0.87 using the leave-one-mass-out cross-validation method. Clinically significance of the results will be evaluated using a larger dataset from multi-clinics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2010
    Event10th International Workshop on Digital Mammography -
    Duration: 16 Jun 2010 → …


    Conference10th International Workshop on Digital Mammography
    Period16/06/10 → …


    • classification
    • echo feature
    • geometric feature
    • ultrasound breast mass


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