Quantifying breast thickness for density measurement

Jennifer Diffey, Alan Hufton, Christine Beeston, Julia Smith, Tom Marchant, Susan Astley

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    The largest source of error in the estimation of volumetric breast density typically arises from inaccuracies in the measurement of breast thickness. We present a method which accounts for paddle tilt and show that the variation within the compressed breast region may be as much as 21.2mm in the chest wall to nipple direction. The system-indicated value of breast thickness results in an average underestimation of compressed breast volume of 10.5% which has implications for density measurement. Paddle deformation in the lateral direction is shown to be insignificant in comparison. A method of modelling the thickness at the breast periphery is presented with examples of the thickness maps generated. © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event9th International Workshop on Digital Mammography, IWDM 2008 - Tucson, AZ
    Duration: 1 Jul 2008 → …


    Conference9th International Workshop on Digital Mammography, IWDM 2008
    CityTucson, AZ
    Period1/07/08 → …


    • Breast density
    • Thickness


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