Ultrasound Breast Tumor Image Computer-Aided Diagnosis With Texture and Morphological Features

Wen Jie Wu*, Woo Kyung Moon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Rationale and Objectives: Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems based on shape analysis have been proved to be highly accurate in evaluating breast tumors. However, it takes considerable time to train the classifier and diagnose breast tumors, because extracting morphologic features require a lot of computation. Hence, to develop a highly accurate and quick CAD system, we combined the texture and morphologic features of ultrasound breast tumor imaging to evaluate breast tumors in this study. Materials and Methods: This study evaluated 210 ultrasound breast tumor images, including 120 benign tumors and 90 malignant tumors. The breast tumors were segmented automatically by the level set method. The autocovariance texture features and solidity morphologic feature were extracted, and a support vector machine was used to identify the tumor as benign or malignant. Results: The accuracy of the proposed diagnostic system for classifying breast tumors was 92.86%, the sensitivity was 94.44%, the specificity was 91.67%, the positive predictive value was 89.47%, and the negative predictive value was 95.65%. In addition, the proposed system reduced the training time compared to systems based only on the morphologic analysis. Conclusions: The CAD system based on texture and morphologic analysis can differentiate benign from malignant breast tumors with high accuracy and short training time. It is therefore clinically useful to reduce the number of biopsies of benign lesions and offer a second reading to assist inexperienced physicians in avoiding misdiagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-880
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 07 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • SVM
  • Ultrasound
  • breast tumors
  • morphologic analysis
  • texture analysis


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