Thermography based breast cancer analysis using statistical features and fuzzy classification

Gerald Schaefer*, Michal Závišek, Tomoharu Nakashima

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Medical thermography has proved to be useful in various medical applications including the detection of breast cancer where it is able to identify the local temperature increase caused by the high metabolic activity of cancer cells. It has been shown to be particularly well suited for picking up tumours in their early stages or tumours in dense tissue and outperforms other modalities such as mammography for these cases. In this paper we perform breast cancer analysis based on thermography, using a series of statistical features extracted from the thermograms quantifying the bilateral differences between left and right breast areas, coupled with a fuzzy rule-based classification system for diagnosis. Experimental results on a large dataset of nearly 150 cases confirm the efficacy of our approach that provides a classification accuracy of about 80%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1137
Number of pages5
JournalPattern Recognition
Issue number6
Early online date14 Aug 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • breast cancer
  • cancer diagnosis
  • image analysis
  • medical thermography
  • pattern classification


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