Much attention is currently focused on one of the newest breast examination techniques, breast MRI. Contrast-enhanced breast MRIs acquired by contrast injection have been shown to be very sensitive in the detection of breast cancer, but are also time-consuming and cause waste of medical resources. This paper therefore proposes the use of spectral signature detection technology, the Kalman filter-based linear mixing method (KFLM), which can successfully present the results as high-contrast images and classify breast MRIs into major tissues from four bands of breast MRIs. A series of experiments using phantom and real MRIs was conducted and the results compared with those of the commonly used c-means (CM) method and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) breast MRIs for performance evaluation. After comparison with the CM algorithm and DCE breast MRIs, the experimental results showed that the high-contrast images generated by the spectral signature detection technology, the KFLM, were of superior quality.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Health Informatics
- Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design