Huda Al-Ghaib

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Reza R. Adhami

Committee Member

John Jarem

Committee Member

David Pan

Committee Member

Sivaguru Ravindran

Committee Member

Seong-Moo Yoo


Diagnostic imaging--Digital techniques, Breast--Cancer--Imaging, Breast--Radiography


Screening mammography often incorporates a computer aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme in its procedure to increase the accuracy of detecting gradual changes in breast tissues. One method for detecting gradual changes in temporal mammograms is through registration algorithms. Most registration algorithms require segmented mammograms as their inputs. The performance of registration algorithms and, hence, the performance of the CADs, are directly proportional to the quality of the segmented mammograms. Segmented mammograms include breast landmarks such as the nipple, the breast boundary, and the pectoral muscle. In this research, we designed, implemented, and evaluated a new segmentation algorithm for pectoral muscle detection. The presented algorithm uses global thresholding to locate two lines that represent the pectoral muscle. The final edge of the detected pectoral muscle is curved using the sigmoid function. The detected pectoral muscle is removed from mammograms with mediolateral oblique (MLO) view and applied to a registration algorithm. An iterative registration algorithm that uses structural similarity (SSIM) index is developed to compute the optimal transformation that maps information in a temporal mammogram pair. The performance of the SSIM algorithm is compared with those of the correlation (CORR) coefficient and mutual information (MI) algorithms. It is shown that the SSIM outperforms the CORR and MI in terms of error rate.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.