A deep learning approach to re-create raw full-field digital mammograms for breast density and texture analysis

Hai Shu, Tingyu Chiang, Peng Wei, Kim Anh Do, Michele D. Lesslie, Ethan O. Cohen, Ashmitha Srinivasan, Tanya W. Moseley, Lauren Q. Chang Sen, Jessica W.T. Leung, Jennifer B. Dennison, Sam M. Hanash, Olena O. Weaver

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Purpose: To develop a computational approach to re-create rarely stored for-processing (raw) digital mammograms from routinely stored for-presentation (processed) mammograms. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, pairs of raw and processed mammograms collected in 884 women (mean age, 57 years ± 10 [standard deviation]; 3713 mammograms) from October 5, 2017, to August 1, 2018, were examined. Mammograms were split 3088 for training and 625 for testing. A deep learning approach based on a U-Net convolutional network and kernel regression was developed to estimate the raw images. The estimated raw images were compared with the originals by four image error and similarity metrics, breast density calculations, and 29 widely used texture features. Results: In the testing dataset, the estimated raw images had small normalized mean absolute error (0.022 ± 0.015), scaled mean absolute error (0.134 ± 0.078) and mean absolute percentage error (0.115 ± 0.059), and a high structural similarity index (0.986 ± 0.007) for the breast portion compared with the original raw images. The estimated and original raw images had a strong correlation in breast density percentage (Pearson r = 0.946) and a strong agreement in breast density grade (Cohen k = 0.875). The estimated images had satisfactory correlations with the originals in 23 texture features (Pearson r ≥ 0.503 or Spearman r ≥ 0.705) and were well complemented by processed images for the other six features. Conclusion: This deep learning approach performed well in re-creating raw mammograms with strong agreement in four image evaluation metrics, breast density, and the majority of 29 widely used texture features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere200097
JournalRadiology: Artificial Intelligence
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


Dive into the research topics of 'A deep learning approach to re-create raw full-field digital mammograms for breast density and texture analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this