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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 540457, 6 pages
Research Article

Independent Component Analysis to Detect Clustered Microcalcification Breast Cancers

CAPI Research Group, University of Extremadura, Avenida de la Universidad s/n, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Received 27 October 2011; Accepted 8 December 2011

Academic Editor: Hanzhang Lu

Copyright © 2012 R. Gallardo-Caballero 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.


The presence of clustered microcalcifications is one of the earliest signs in breast cancer detection. Although there exist many studies broaching this problem, most of them are nonreproducible due to the use of proprietary image datasets. We use a known subset of the currently largest publicly available mammography database, the Digital Database for Screening Mammography (DDSM), to develop a computer-aided detection system that outperforms the current reproducible studies on the same mammogram set. This proposal is mainly based on the use of extracted image features obtained by independent component analysis, but we also study the inclusion of the patient’s age as a nonimage feature which requires no human expertise. Our system achieves an average of 2.55 false positives per image at a sensitivity of 81.8% and 4.45 at a sensitivity of 91.8% in diagnosing the BCRP_CALC_1 subset of DDSM.