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Ultrasonic viscoelasticity imaging of nonpalpable breast lesions

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Title: Ultrasonic viscoelasticity imaging of nonpalpable breast lesions
Author(s): Qiu, Yupeng
Advisor(s): Insana, Michael F.
Contributor(s): Insana, Michael F.
Department / Program: Bioengineering
Discipline: Bioengineering
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.S.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Breast cancer elasticity diagnosis
Abstract: The prognosis of breast cancer patients improves with early and accurate diagnosis. The quality of the strain image produced by displacement estimation algorithms are heavily influenced by the RF echo data recorded by different ultrasound systems. A small clinical study was conducted with 21 women having a single nonpalpable breast lesion, each detected mammographically with later pathology confirmation. Elasticity images were acquired on each patient to test for the ability to differentiating malignant and benign lesions. The mechanical relaxation time T1 images showed a tissue-specific T1 contrast that is negative for all 11 malignant lesions and positive for all 10 benign lesions. Strain images were estimated using a regularized multi-scale optical flow (ROF) algorithm. Adjustments to the input parameters to the ROF and their subsequent effects on T1 estimation and computation time are shown to have a strong effect on diagnostic performance.
Issue Date: 2010-01-06
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/14634
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Yupeng Qiu, portions of "Patient Imaging" chapter copyright 2008 by Academic Radiology.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-01-06
Date Deposited: December 2
 

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