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Building an ensemble system for diagnosing masses in mammograms.
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PMID:  21671095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: Classification of a suspicious mass (region of interest, ROI) in a mammogram as malignant or benign may be achieved using mass shape features. An ensemble system was built for this purpose and tested. METHODS: Multiple contours were generated from a single ROI using various parameter settings of the image enhancement functions for the segmentation. For each segmented contour, the mass shape features were computed. For classification, the dataset was partitioned into four subsets based on the patient age (young/old) and the ROI size (large/small). We built an ensemble learning system consisting of four single classifiers, where each classifier is a specialist, trained specifically for one of the subsets. Those specialist classifiers are also an optimal classifier for the subset, selected from several candidate classifiers through preliminary experiment. In this scheme, the final diagnosis (malignant or benign) of an instance is the classification produced by the classifier trained for the subset to which the instance belongs. RESULTS: The Digital Database for Screening Mammography (DDSM) from the University of South Florida was used to test the ensemble system for classification of masses, which achieved a 72% overall accuracy. This ensemble of specialist classifiers achieved better performance than single classification (56%). CONCLUSION: An ensemble classifier for mammography-detected masses may provide superior performance to any single classifier in distinguishing benign from malignant cases.
Yu Zhang; Noriko Tomuro; Jacob Furst; Daniela Stan Raicu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1861-6429     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101499225     Medline TA:  Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 60604, USA,
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