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Abstract #2124

Improving the Specificity of Breast MRI with Fuzzy Cluster Analysis

Eric Van Uytven1, Iain Kirkpatrick2, Lawrence Ryner1

1National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

We demonstrate the use of fuzzy cluster analysis (FCA) to analyze dynamic, contrast-enhanced image sets obtained from clinical patients. The analysis highlights the ability of this technique to screen for contra-lateral involvement and reveal complex morphology. This technique also allows the interpreting radiologist to properly analyze tumors with complex uptake kinetics without the need to select a region-of-interest. In summary, complex uptake kinetics and morphological features can be quickly and reliably analyzed, summarized, and presented to the radiologist in a manner which allows for rapid evaluation.