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Statistical texture synthesis of mammographic images with super-blob lumpy backgrounds.
Realistic anatomical images are useful for assessment and improvement of medical image quality. The use of synthesized images has the advantage of providing the user with a large number of independent samples, in a controlled environment. We propose a method to generate medical textures that are fully defined by a set of adjustable parameters and a random number generator, and which statistical properties are analytically tractable. This method, called the "clustered lumpy background", is a generalization of the original lumpy background described by Rolland and Barrett (1992). A detailed application of the method in the case of mammography is presented. It is shown that the synthesized images are visually very similar and that their first and second order statistics can be considered as being equivalent.
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