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MAGIC-5: an Italian mammographic database of digitised images for research

  • Autori: S., T.; R., B.; F., D.; G., G.; E., L.; P., M.; R., M.; P., D.; Me, F.; A., R.; M., B.; S., B.; P., C.; Sc, C.; E., L.; E., Z.; A., L.; A., S.; Cascio, D.; Fauci, F.; Magro, R.; Raso, G.; R., I.; U., B.; Gl, M.; P., O.; G., M.; Ap, C.; Cataldo, R.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2008
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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The implementation of a database of digitised mammograms is discussed. The digitised images were collected beginning in 1999 by a community of physicists in collaboration with radiologists in several Italian hospitals as a first step in developing and implementing a computer-aided detection (CAD) system. All 3,369 mammograms were collected from 967 patients and classified according to lesion type and morphology, breast tissue and pathology type. A dedicated graphical user interface was developed to visualise and process mammograms to support the medical diagnosis directly on a high-resolution screen. The database has been the starting point for developing other medical imaging applications, such as a breast CAD, currently being upgraded and optimised for use in a distributed environment with grid services, in the framework of the Instituto Nazionale di Fisicia Nucleare (INFN)-funded Medical Applications on a Grid Infrastructure Connection (MAGIC)-5 project