IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

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Mammography Image Quality Assurance Using Deep Learning
Image quality assurance is crucial in mammography to ensure reliable breast cancer diagnostics. Analyzing images of a technical phantom allows to routinely and reliably assess image quality. Current state-of-the-art analysis determines local image quality features by applying pre-processing and regression procedures for a set of repeatedly recorded images. This proof of concept paper demonstrates that mammography image quality assessment can benefit from deep learning. A neural network is trained on a large database of phantom images, and it is shown that the trained net retrieves the local image quality features already from single images without cumbersome pre-processing. This allows to maintain quality standards at significantly less labor... Read more