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Investigations on the effect of different characteristics of images sets on the performance of a processing scheme for microcalcifications detection in digital mammograms

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The performance of a computer-aided dianosis (CAD) scheme is closely dependent on the database used for its development and tests. The scheme sensitivity can be reduced by 15% to 25%, with only 20% of changes in the database cases. Previously, we have developed a processing scheme in order to detect clustered microcalcifications in digital mammograms, and we have tested such a procedure with two different databases. Further evaluations in developing a CAD scheme for mammography have indicated the need for more extensive investigation on the effects resulting from different characteristics of the images bank used for tests. Therefore, this work reports some results regarding such an investigation, with a further discussion over characteristics that can affect the performance of a CAD scheme.

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Correspondence to Homero Schiabel.

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Schiabel, H., Nunes, F.L.S., Escarpinati, M.C. et al. Investigations on the effect of different characteristics of images sets on the performance of a processing scheme for microcalcifications detection in digital mammograms. Journal of Digital Imaging 14, 224–225 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03190347

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Keywords

  • Processing Scheme
  • Digital Mammographic
  • Contrast Resolution
  • Digital Mammogram
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