Wavelet-based feature extraction applied to small-angle x-ray scattering patterns from breast tissue: A tool for differentiating between tissue types

G. Falzon, S. Pearson, R. Murison, C. Hall, K. Siu, A. Evans, K. Rogers, R. Lewis

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Abstract

This paper reports on the application of wavelet decomposition to small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) patterns from human breast tissue produced by a synchrotron source. The pixel intensities of SAXS patterns of normal, benign and malignant tissue types were transformed into wavelet coefficients. Statistical analysis found significant differences between the wavelet coefficients describing the patterns produced by different tissue types. These differences were then correlated with position in the image and have been linked to the supra-molecular structural changes that occur in breast tissue in the presence of disease. Specifically, results indicate that there are significant differences between healthy and diseased tissues in the wavelet coefficients that describe the peaks produced by the axial d-spacing of collagen. These differences suggest that a useful classification tool could be based upon the spectral information within the axial peaks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2465-2477
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics in Medicine and Biology
Volume51
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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