SMU Data Science Review


In this paper, we present a novel method for detecting and classifying breast cancer calcification and masses in a single step. The detection and classification steps of calcifications and masses identifiable with a mammogram image are typically performed independently even though their simultaneous solution may lead to a more efficient approach. Our novel method utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to classify the calcifications and masses of different cropped images of a mammogram. We utilize a sliding window detector to break apart full mammogram images into sub-images, and identify and classify the observable objects in the sub-images. We receive multiple probabilities for each sub-image for the different possible classifications. We rank the sub-images, displaying the coordinates of the highest ranked sub-images for each classification. The results of this process are that we detect 46% of cancer within the mammograms and properly classify 64% of the calcifications and masses identified.

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