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An accurate measurement of the breast glandular fraction, or glandularity, is important for many research and clinical applications, such as breast cancer risk assessment. We propose a method to estimate the loss of glandular tissue detail due to the limited voxel size in tomographic images of the breast. CT images of a breast tissue specimen were acquired using a CdTe single photon counting detector (nominal pixel size of 60 μm) and using a monochromatic synchrotron radiation x-ray beam. Images were reconstructed using a filtered backprojection algorithm at seven different voxel sizes (range 60-420 μm, with a 60 μm step) and twelve groups of Regions of Interest (ROIs) with different percentage and patterns of glandular tissue were extracted. All ROIs within each group contained the same portion of the image (and therefore the same glandular fraction) reconstructed at a different voxel size. The glandular …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
6 Jul 2018

Marco Caballo, Christian Fedon, Luca Brombal, Koen Michielsen, Renata Longo, Ioannis Sechopoulos

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Volume: 10718 Pages: 107181G
14th International Workshop on Breast Imaging (IWBI 2018)