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A Graph-Based Method for Detecting and Classifying Clusters in Mammographic Images

  • P. Foggia
  • M. Guerriero
  • G. Percannella
  • C. Sansone
  • F. Tufano
  • M. Vento
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4109)

Abstract

In this paper we propose a method based on a graph-theoretical cluster analysis for automatically finding and classifying clusters of microcalcifications in mammographic images, starting from the output of a microcalcification detection phase. This method does not require the user to provide either the expected number of clusters or any threshold values, often with no clear physical meaning, as other algorithms do.

The proposed approach has been tested on a standard database of 40 mammographic images and has demonstrated to be very effective, even when the detection phase gives rise to several false positives.

Keywords

Minimum Span Tree Multi Layer Perceptron Clear Physical Meaning Cluster Classification Cluster Detection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Foggia
    • 1
  • M. Guerriero
    • 2
  • G. Percannella
    • 2
  • C. Sansone
    • 1
  • F. Tufano
    • 2
  • M. Vento
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica e SistemisticaUniversità di Napoli “Federico II”NapoliItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e di Ingegneria ElettricaUniversità di SalernoFisciano (SA)Italy

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