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

J. S. Leena Jasmine1, S. Baskaran2 and A. Govardhan1
  • 1 JNT University, India
  • 2 Velammal Engineering College, India
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 6 No. 1, 2013, 57-68

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2013.57.68

Submitted On: 28 April 2012 Published On: 28 February 2013

How to Cite: Jasmine, J. S. L., Baskaran, S. & Govardhan, A. (2013). A robust Approach to Classify Microcalcification in Digital Mammograms Using Contourlet Transform and Support Vector Machine. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 6(1), 57-68. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2013.57.68

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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Keywords

  • Mammogram
  • Microcalcifications
  • Benign
  • Malignant
  • NSCT
  • Support Vector Machine