Benign and Malignant Breast Cancer Features Based on Region Characteristics

  • Gullanar M Hadi Department of Software & Informatics, College of Engineering, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Keywords: Breast cancer; Region Growing; Features extraction; Malignant; Benign


Breast cancer is one of the most common malignant diseases among women. Mammography is at present one of the available method for early detection of abnormalities, which is related to breast cancer; there are different lesions that are breast cancer characteristic such as masses, which can be detected through this technique. In this work, we explore the application of density slicing and region growing techniques to the problem of finding the boundary of different breast tissue regions in mammograms and extracting these regions. The goal of the segmentation algorithm is to see if density slices images and region growing algorithm could separate different densities for the different breast patterns and calculating there features. Segmentation of the mammogram into different mammographic densities is useful for risk assessment and quantitative evaluation of density changes and for extracting the cancer regions. Our proposed methodology for the segmentation of mammograms has been tested on Mini-MIAS database images. The final result is the segmentation of Region of I interest (ROI) with edge map and different features extraction for analysis where the extracted regions are saved as images and the texture features were calculated using Gray Level Co-Occurrence Matrix (GLCM) along 0^°such as contrast, correlation, homogeneity, sum variance, entropy, energy, mean values and others to differentiate between the Benign and Malignant images. It was found that the features such as contrast, correlation, smoothness, and difference variance are the optimal features to differentiate between benign and malignant regions where the other features are approximately the same. Also region growing method is very fast for extracting cancer regions. Our results are important to design artificial intelligence system to diagnostic breast cancer into benign and malignant cancer.


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How to Cite
M Hadi, G. (2019) “Benign and Malignant Breast Cancer Features Based on Region Characteristics”, Zanco Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 31(s3), pp. 210-216. doi: 10.21271/ZJPAS.31.s3.29.