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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 876489, 8 pages
Research Article

Segmentation of the Breast Skin and Its Influence in the Simulation of the Breast Compression during an X-Ray Mammography

1Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación en Bioingeniería y Tecnología Orientada al Ser Humano/LabHuman, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
2Unidad RM, Hospital Clínica Benidorm, Avenida Alfonso Puchades 8, 03501 Benidorm, Spain
3Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico de Adultos, Hospital Universitari y Politécnic La Fe de Valencia, Bulevar Sur, 46026 Valencia, Spain

Received 24 November 2011; Accepted 15 January 2012

Academic Editors: C. Kappas, H. Lu, F. R. Verdun, and T. T. Yoshizumi

Copyright © 2012 J. A. Solves Llorens 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.


A novel method of skin segmentation is presented aimed to obtain as many pixels belonging to the real skin as possible. This method is validated by experts in radiology. In addition, a biomechanical model of the breast, which considers the skin segmented in this way, is constructed to study the influence of considering real skin in the simulation of the breast compression during an X-ray mammography. The reaction forces of the plates are obtained and compared with the reaction forces obtained using classical methods that model the skin as a 2D membranes that cover all the breast. The results of this work show that, in most of the cases, the method of skin segmentation is accurate and that real skin should be considered in the simulation of the breast compression during the X-ray mammographies.