Ultrasonic pulse-echo rf waveform analysis and selected pattern recognition methods were applied to classification of breast tissue. Emphasis was placed on the classification of solid tissue areas since fluid areas are easily identified by present B-scan techniques. Pattern recognition techniques such as the Fisher Linear Discriminant (FLD), Probability Density Function (PDF) curves, jackknife estimate and committee vote were used to construct and evaluate a two class algorithm, malignant versus benign tissue areas. A data base consisting of frequency domain features from 100 pathologically confirmed tissue areas from 87 patients were used to train the algorithm. Algorithm performance was acquired via the generalized jackknife procedure to significantly reduce the bias frequently encountered in algorithm evaluation. Estimated values of algorithm performance are sensitivity and specificity values of 96 percent and 68 percent, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging