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Title: A quantitative method for evaluating the detectability of lesions in digital mammography
Authors: Zanca, Federica # ×
Van Ongeval, Chantal
Jacobs, Jurgen
Marchal, Guy
Bosmans, Hilde #
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: Nuclear Technology Pub.
Series Title: Radiation Protection Dosimetry vol:129 issue:1-3 pages:214-218
Abstract: This study presents a quantitative method for evaluating the detectability of microcalcifications in digital mammography. Four hundred and twenty microcalcifications (with various morphology, size and contrast), simulated with a previously validated method, were used for the creation of image datasets. Lesions were inserted into 163 regions of interests of 59 selected raw digital mammograms with various anatomical backgrounds and acquired with a Siemens Novation DR. After processing, these composite images were scored by experienced radiologists, who located multiple simulated lesions and rated them under conditions of free-search. For statistical analysis, free-response receiver-operating characteristic curves are plotted; the use of jackknife free-response receiver-operating characteristic method has also been investigated. The main advantage of this methodology is that the exact number of inserted microcalcifications is well known and that the lesions are fully characterised in terms of pathology, size, morphology and peak contrast. A first application has been the evaluation of the effect of anatomical background on microcalcifications detection. Preliminary findings in this study indicate that this method may be a promising tool to evaluate factors that have an influence on the detectability of lesions, such as the clinical processing or the viewing conditions.
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ISSN: 0144-8420
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Radiology
Medical Physics & Quality Assessment (+)
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