Journal of Computer Science

GAUSSIAN MIXTURE MODEL BASED CLASSIFICATION OF MICROCALCIFICATION IN MAMMOGRAMS USING DYADIC WAVELET TRANSFORM

Suman Mishra and Hariharan Ranganathan

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2013.1348.1355

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 9, Issue 10

Pages 1348-1355

Abstract

Breast cancer is a serious health related issue for women in the world. Cancer detected at premature stages has a higher probability of being cured, whereas at advanced stages chances of survival are bleak. Screening programs aid in detecting potential breast cancer at early stages of the disease. Among the various screening programs, mammography is the proven standard for screening breast cancer, because even small tumors can be detected on mammograms. In this study, a novel feature extraction technique based on dyadic wavelet transform for classification of microcalcification in digital mammograms is proposed. In the feature extraction module, the high frequency sub-bands obtained from the decomposition of dyadic wavelet transform is used to form innovative sub-bands. From the newly constructed sub-bands, the features such as energy and entropy are computed. In the classification module, the extracted features are fed into a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) classifier and the severity of given microcalcification; benign or malignant are given. A classification accuracy of 95.5% is obtained using the proposed approach on DDSM database.

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© 2013 Suman Mishra and Hariharan Ranganathan. 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.