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A Contourlet Transform Feature Extraction Scheme for Ultrasound Thyroid Texture Classification

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A Contourlet Transform Feature Extraction Scheme for Ultrasound Thyroid Texture Classification
Ultrasonography is an invaluable and widely used medical imaging tool. Nevertheless, automatic texture analysis on ultrasound images remains a challenging issue. This work presents and investigates a texture representation scheme on thyroid ultrasound images for the detection of hypoechoic and isoechoic thyroid nodules, which present the highest malignancy risk. The proposed scheme is based on the Contourlet Transform (CT) and incorporates a thresholding approach for the selection of the most significant CT coefficients. Then a variety of statistical texture features are evaluated and the optimal subsets are extracted through a selection process. A Gaussian kernel Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier is applied along the Sequential Floating Forward Selection (SFFS) algorithm, in order to investigate the most representative set of CT features. For this experimental evaluation, two image datasets have been utilized: one consisting of hypoechoic nodules and normal thyroid t...
Stamos Katsigiannis, Eystratios G. Keramidas, Dimi
Added 29 Jun 2011
Updated 29 Jun 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where Engineering Intelligent Systems
Authors Stamos Katsigiannis, Eystratios G. Keramidas, Dimitris Maroulis
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