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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7909282, 11 pages
Research Article

Acceleration of Image Segmentation Algorithm for (Breast) Mammogram Images Using High-Performance Reconfigurable Dataflow Computers

1Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, Sestre Janjic 6, Kragujevac, Serbia
2Research and Development Center for Bioengineering, BioIRC, Prvoslava Stojanovica 6/1, Kragujevac, Serbia

Correspondence should be addressed to Aleksandar S. Peulic;

Received 31 January 2017; Revised 13 April 2017; Accepted 3 May 2017; Published 22 May 2017

Academic Editor: Yuhai Zhao

Copyright © 2017 Ivan L. Milankovic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Image segmentation is one of the most common procedures in medical imaging applications. It is also a very important task in breast cancer detection. Breast cancer detection procedure based on mammography can be divided into several stages. The first stage is the extraction of the region of interest from a breast image, followed by the identification of suspicious mass regions, their classification, and comparison with the existing image database. It is often the case that already existing image databases have large sets of data whose processing requires a lot of time, and thus the acceleration of each of the processing stages in breast cancer detection is a very important issue. In this paper, the implementation of the already existing algorithm for region-of-interest based image segmentation for mammogram images on High-Performance Reconfigurable Dataflow Computers (HPRDCs) is proposed. As a dataflow engine (DFE) of such HPRDC, Maxeler’s acceleration card is used. The experiments for examining the acceleration of that algorithm on the Reconfigurable Dataflow Computers (RDCs) are performed with two types of mammogram images with different resolutions. There were, also, several DFE configurations and each of them gave a different acceleration value of algorithm execution. Those acceleration values are presented and experimental results showed good acceleration.