Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Committee Member

Evangelos A. Yfantis

Number of Pages



Our purpose is to aid medical doctors in prostate cancer detection via computer automated analysis of prostatic ultrasound imagery. Absorption of ultrasound signals is different in cancerous areas than in non-cancerous areas. The energy of the signal, the continuity of the signal, the autocorrelation function and frequency domain properties of prostatic ultrasound images are different in normal tissue than in cancerous tissue; This thesis presents an algorithm for automated cancer recognition in prostatic ultrasound imagery. Statistical and morphological based models are employed to classify regions of ultrasound imagery as either cancerous or non-cancerous. Application of our algorithm onto a limited set of cancerous and non-cancerous ultrasound images shows that our method has the ability to recognize cancer in cancerous ultrasound images. Misclassification occurs when cancerous tissue is classified as non-cancerous and noncancerous tissue is classified as cancerous. Occurrences of misclassification have been observed and investigated. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Cancer; Images; Prostate; Recognition; Ultrasound

Controlled Subject

Computer science; Oncology; Diagnostic imaging

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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