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17 May 2002 Enhanced visualization of abnormalities in digital-mammographic images
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This paper describes two new presentation methods that are intended to improve the ability of radiologists to visualize abnormalities in mammograms by enhancing the appearance of the breast parenchyma pattern relative to the fatty-tissue surroundings. The first method, referred to as mountain- view, is obtained via multiscale edge decomposition through filter banks. The image is displayed in a multiscale edge domain that causes the image to have a topographic-like appearance. The second method displays the image in the intensity domain and is referred to as contrast-enhancement presentation. The input image is first passed through a decomposition filter bank to produce a filtered output (Id). The image at the lowest resolution is processed using a LUT (look-up table) to produce a tone scaled image (I'). The LUT is designed to optimally map the code value range corresponding to the parenchyma pattern in the mammographic image into the dynamic range of the output medium. The algorithm uses a contrast weight control mechanism to produce the desired weight factors to enhance the edge information corresponding to the parenchyma pattern. The output image is formed using a reconstruction filter bank through I' and enhanced Id.
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Susan S. Young and William Edwin Moore "Enhanced visualization of abnormalities in digital-mammographic images", Proc. SPIE 4681, Medical Imaging 2002: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (17 May 2002);

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