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Detection of Breast Cancer Using Infrared Thermography and Deep Neural Networks

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11466)

Abstract

We present a preliminary analysis about the use of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for the early detection of breast cancer via infrared thermography. The two main challenges of using CNNs are having at disposal a large set of images and the required processing time. The thermographies were obtained from Vision Lab and the calculations were implemented using Fast.ai and Pytorch libraries, which offer excellent results in image classification. Different architectures of convolutional neural networks were compared and the best results were obtained with resnet34 and resnet50, reaching a predictive accuracy of 100% in blind validation. Other arquitectures also provided high classification accuracies. Deep neural networks provide excellent results in the early detection of breast cancer via infrared thermographies, with technical and computational resources that can be easily implemented in medical practice. Further research is needed to asses the probabilistic localization of the tumor regions using larger sets of annotated images and assessing the uncertainty of these techniques in the diagnosis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Group of Inverse Problems, Optimization and Machine Learning, Department of MathematicsUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsTechnical University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Informatics and Computer ScienceUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain

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