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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30619

Title: Automatic 3D Segmentation of the Breast in MRI
Authors: Gallego, Cristina
Advisor: Martel, Anne L.
Department: Medical Biophysics
Keywords: Image Segmentation
Breast MRI
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2011
Abstract: Breast cancer is currently the most common diagnosed cancer among women and a significant cause of death. Breast density is considered a significant risk factor and an important biomarker influencing the later risk of breast cancer. Therefore, ongoing epidemiological studies using MRI are evaluating quantitatively breast density in young women. One of the challenges is segmenting the breast in order to calculate total breast volume and exclude non-breast surrounding tissues. This thesis describes an automatic 3D breast volume segmentation based on 3D local edge detection using phase congruency and Poisson surface reconstruction to extract the total breast volume in 3D. The boundary localization framework is integrated on a subsequent atlas-based segmentation using a Laplacian framework. The 3D segmentation achieves breast-air and breast-chest wall boundary localization errors with a median of 1.36 mm and 2.68 mm respectively when tested on 409 MRI datasets.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30619
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