International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

Preprocessing and pectoral muscle separation from breast mammograms

Muhammad Talha1,2* and Ghazali Bin Sulong1        
1Department of Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Faculty of Computer Science and Information System, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia. 2Deanship of Scientific Research, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 December 2010
  •  Published: 16 January 2012


Computer aided diagnosis (CAD) systems can be used as a second opinion to the radiologists for diagnosis of breast cancer from mammogram images. In this paper, we have proposed preprocessing method to remove noise from mammogram images. Then, enhancement has been performed. After that, background has been removed. Finally, pectoral muscle separation has been performed. It has been noted that results are very much satisfactory. This can be used further to improve the accuracy of diagnosing breast mammogram. We have used MIAS data set for experimentation purpose.


Key words: Breast cancer, mammogram, enhancement, pectoral muscle.