Novel Approach to Segment the Pectoral Muscle in the Mammograms

  • Vaishali ShindeEmail author
  • B. Thirumala Rao
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 768)


The X-ray technique is widely used to detect the breast cancer. The X-ray image contains the breast part along with the pectoral muscles. The pectoral muscles are similar to breast tissue in terms of texture and appearance but it is not a part of breast tissue. Hence pectoral muscles removal is an essential task for breast tumor detection. In the first phase of the proposed approach, the three existing pectoral muscles segmentation methods, region growing, thresholding, and k-mean clustering has been implemented. In a later phase, machine learning-based approach to segment out the pectoral muscle has been implemented. The proposed system provides the promising results on the MIAS database.


K-means clustering Machine learning Pectoral muscle removal Region growing Thresholding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KL UniversityVijayawadaIndia

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