American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

A robust Approach to Classify Microcalcification in Digital Mammograms Using Contourlet Transform and Support Vector Machine

J. S. Leena Jasmine, S. Baskaran and A. Govardhan

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2013.57.68

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 1

Pages 57-68

Abstract

Mammogram is the best available radiographic method to detect breast cancer in the early stage. However detecting a microcalcification clusters in the early stage is a tough task for the radiologist. Herein we present a novel approach for classifying microcalcification in digital mammograms using Nonsubsampled Contourlet Transform (NSCT) and Support Vector Machine (SVM). The classification of microcalcification is achieved by extracting the microcalcification features from the Contourlet coefficients of the image and the outcomes are used as an input to the SVM for classification. The system classifies the mammogram images as normal or abnormal and the abnormal severity as benign or malignant. The evaluation of the system is carried on using Mammography Image Analysis Society (MIAS) database. The experimental result shows that the proposed method provides improved classification rate.

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© 2013 J. S. Leena Jasmine, S. Baskaran and A. Govardhan. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.