Detection of breast cancer at early stages helps reducing the mortality rates in women.
Mammography has proven to be very useful tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer, yet there are complications
to separate diverse morphological features in mammographic images. This study investigates
the potential use of morphological component analysis (MCA) for classifying normal and abnormal
tissues in mammograms. Two different dictionaries i.e. Local discrete cosine transform
(LDCT) and Curvelet transform via wrapping (CURVwrap) were used with varying iterations to obtain
a morphological decomposition into two parts i.e. a piecewise smooth part and a texture part. The
piecewise smooth parts for each iteration were kept and features were extracted using curvelet coefficients. Using the
Simple logistic classifier with 10-folds cross validation, an accuracy of 86.50% with AUC value of 0.89 was achieved for
Keywords: Breast cancer, classification component, curvelet transform, morphological component analysis (MCA).
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