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Applications of the Use of Infrared Breast Images: Numerical Calculations of Temperature Profile and Estimates of Thermophysical Properties

Applications of the Use of Infrared Breast Images: Numerical Calculations of Temperature Profile and Estimates of Thermophysical Properties
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Author(s): Luciete Alves Bezerra (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil), João Roberto Ferreira de Melo (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil), Paulo Roberto Maciel Lyra (DEMEC, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil) and Rita de Cássia Fernandes de Lima (DEMEC, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 40
Source title: Biomedical Computing for Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Wellington Pinheiro dos Santos (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil), Washington Wagner Azevedo da Silva (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil) and Maira Araujo de Santana (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3456-4.ch012

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Abstract

In this chapter, procedures for and applications of using infrared (IR) imaging that have been developed will be presented and proposed means by which a better detailed understanding of breast cancer can be reached. It will be shown how such applications can be used as a basis for enhancing the use of breast thermographic imaging as a user-friendly and inexpensive tool for the early detection of breast cancer. The authors intend to show that IR imaging can also be used to validate temperature profiles that have been calculated and to classify breast abnormalities as set out in previous chapters. IR images can also be used to estimate thermophysical properties of the breast, and discussion of how this is done is included. The IR images were acquired at the Outpatients Clinic of Mastology of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Federal University of Pernambuco (HC/UFPE). The research project was registered in the Brazilian Health Ministry (CEP/CCS/UFPE nº 279/05) after being approved by the Ethics Committee of UFPE.

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