Automated soft tissue lesion detection and segmentation in digital mammography using a u-net deep learning network

T. de Moor, A. Rodriguez-Ruiz, R. Mann and J. Teuwen

International Workshop on Breast Imaging 2018.


Computer-aided detection or decision support systems aim to improve breast cancer screening programs by helping radiologists to evaluate digital mammography (DM) exams. Commonly such methods proceed in two steps: selection of candidate regions for malignancy, and later classification as either malignant or not. In this study, we present a candidate detection method based on deep learning to automatically detect and additionally segment soft tissue lesions in DM. A database of DM exams (mostly bilateral and two views) was collected from our institutional archive.