Automatic pectoral muscle removal in mammograms

  • Samuel RahimetoEmail author
  • Taye Girma Debelee
  • Dereje Yohannes
  • Friedhelm Schwenker
Original Paper


The pectoral muscle is the high-intensity region in most mediolateral oblique (MLO) views of mammograms. Since it appears at the same intensity as most abnormalities it should be removed for successful classification. Removal of pectoral muscle is often a challenging task since its position, size and shape are different for different patients and it may not occur at all. In this paper, an efficient technique for the detection and removal of pectoral muscle is proposed. The algorithm is tested and proved efficient over a wide range of pectoral muscle types and datasets based on IOU and RMSE value.


Pectoral muscle Thresholding Morphological operations RMSE IOU 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Electrical and Mechanical EngineeringAddis Ababa Science and Technology UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  2. 2.Institute of Neural Information ProcessingUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  3. 3.Department of Computer EngineeringAddis Ababa Science and Technology UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

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