Exploring deep parametric embeddings for breast CADx

Andrew R. Jamieson, Rabi Alam, Maryellen L. Giger

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2 Scopus citations


Computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) involves training supervised classifiers using labeled ("truth-known") data. Often, training data consists of high-dimensional feature vectors extracted from medical images. Unfortunately, very large data sets may be required to train robust classifiers for high-dimensional inputs. To mitigate the risk of classifier over-fitting, CADx schemes may employ feature selection or dimension reduction (DR), for example, principal component analysis (PCA). Recently, a number of novel "structure-preserving" DR methods have been proposed1. Such methods are attractive for use in CADx schemes for two main reasons. First, by providing visualization of highdimensional data structure, and second, since DR can be unsupervised or semi-supervised, unlabeled ("truth-unknown") data may be incorporated2. However, the practical application of state-of-the-art DR techniques such as, t-SNE3, to breast CADx were inhibited by the inability to retain a parametric embedding function capable of mapping new input data to the reduced representation. Deep (more than one hidden layer) neural networks can be used to learn such parametric DR embeddings. We explored the feasibility of such methods for use in CADx by conducting a variety of experiments using simulated feature data, including models based on breast CADx features. Specifically, we investigated the unsupervised parametric t-SNE4 (pt-SNE), the supervised deep t-distributed MCML5 (dt-MCML), and hybrid semi-supervised modifications combining the two.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2011
Subtitle of host publicationComputer-Aided Diagnosis
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2011Feb 17 2011

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL


  • computer-aided diagnosis
  • deep embedding
  • dimension reduction
  • feature-space
  • machine learning
  • semi-supervised learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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