J. E. Leo Desautels

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Diagnostic features in mammograms vary widely in size and shape. Classical image enhancement techniques cannot adapt to the varying characteristics of such features. An adaptive method for enhancing the contrast of mammographic features of varying size and shape is presented. The method uses each pixel in the image as a seed to grow a region. The extent and(More)
Most benign breast tumors possess well-defined, sharp boundaries that delineate them from surrounding tissues, as opposed to malignant tumors. Computer techniques proposed to date for tumor analysis have concentrated on shape factors of tumor regions and texture measures. While shape measures based on contours of tumor regions can indicate differences in(More)
The authors have developed a set of shape factors to measure the roughness of contours of calcifications in mammograms and for use in their classification as malignant or benign. The analysis of mammograms is performed in three stages. First, a region growing technique is used to obtain the contours of calcifications. Then, three measures of shape features,(More)
The pectoral muscle represents a predominant density region in most medio-lateral oblique (MLO) views of mammograms; its inclusion can affect the results of intensity-based image processing methods or bias procedures in the detection of breast cancer. Local analysis of the pectoral muscle may be used to identify the presence of abnormal axillary lymph(More)
Mammograms are difficult to interpret, especially of cancers at their early stages. We analyze the effectiveness of our adaptive neighborhood contrast enhancement (ANCE) technique in increasing the sensitivity of breast cancer diagnosis. Seventy-eight screen-film mammograms of 21 difficult cases (14 benign and seven malignant), 222 screen-film mammograms of(More)
We present methods for the detection of sites of architectural distortion in prior mammograms of interval-cancer cases. We hypothesize that screening mammograms obtained prior to the detection of cancer could contain subtle signs of early stages of breast cancer, in particular, architectural distortion. The methods are based upon Gabor filters, phase(More)
PURPOSE We propose a method for the detection of architectural distortion in prior mammograms of interval-cancer cases based on the expected orientation of breast tissue patterns in mammograms. METHODS The expected orientation of the breast tissue at each pixel was derived by using automatically detected landmarks including the breast boundary, the(More)
Computer aided detection/diagnosis aims at assisting radiologist in the analysis of digital mammograms. Digital mammogram has emerged as the most popular screening technique for early detection of breast cancer and other abnormalities in human breast tissue. The pectoral muscle represents a predominant density region in most mammograms and can affect/bias(More)