Structured light surface scanning (SLSS) is a novel technology that can be used to obtain 3D surface images of any object. SLSS has up to recently only been used for non-medical applications, while our lab was the first to propose SLSS for cancer care- or any radiology-related imaging applications, with our first report in 2015. SLSS works by projecting a series of geometric patterns onto the object of interest and capturing the reflection of these patterns in one or more cameras. After acquisition, the 3D representation of the surface of the scanned object is generated.
This project’s goal is to be able to characterize the breast shape before and after compression. Based on the data gathered we will first develop an accurate virtual model of the compressed breast shape which can then be used to improve image processing tasks in breast imaging, such as for example scatter correction and 3D reconstruction. So far, a craniocaudal (CC) view analysis has already been performed and in this internship, we aim to implement the mediolateral oblique (MLO) setup and analysis of the breast under compression.
Example of a 3D scan of a compressed breast in CC view (a) before merging and (b) after merging.
(Patient recruitment can also be included in the task list if you are proficient in Dutch)
Depending on the requirements of the internship/MSc thesis project and the interests of the candidate, the work can then focus on an initial evaluation of the acquired dataset and new setup, processing the optical data and/or start building the virtual breast model by performing a principal component analysis of the breast shape during compression based on the data.
If you are interested in this project, or need any further information, please contact Marta Pinto (email@example.com). You can also check and find more information on the page of this specific research project.
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