Adaptive Local Contrast Enhancement Combined with 2D Discrete Wavelet Transform for Mammographic Mass Detection and Classification

  • Daniela Giordano
  • Isaak Kavasidis
  • Concetto Spampinato
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 166)


This paper presents an automated knowledge-based vision system for mass detection and classification in X-Ray mammograms. The system developed herein is based on several processing steps, which aim first at identifying the various regions of the mammogram such as breast, markers, artifacts and background area and then to analyze the identified areas by applying a contrast improvement method for highlighting the pixels of the candidate masses. The detection of such candidate masses is then done by applying locally a 2D Haar Wavelet transform, whereas the mass classification (in benign and malignant ones) is performed by means of a support vector machine whose features are the spatial moments extracted from the identified masses. The system was tested on the public database MIAS achieving very promising results in terms both of accuracy and of sensitivity.


Biomedical Image Processing X-Ray Local Image Enhancement Support Vector Machines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Giordano
    • 1
  • Isaak Kavasidis
    • 1
  • Concetto Spampinato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical, Electronics and Informatics EngineeringUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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