Revolutionizing Breast Cancer Detection: Enhanced Mammogram Analysis with Modified Xception and Self-Attention

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Sreevidya Nelli, Kezia Rani Badhiti


In the realm of precision medicine, the intersection of state-of-the-art technology and disease identification has ushered in a new era of accuracy in healthcare diagnostics. This paper reviews a groundbreaking research endeavor aiming to enhance breast cancer detection in mammograms through the synergistic application of transfer learning, architectural modifications, and advanced optimization techniques.

At the core of this research is the concept of transfer learning, leveraging insights gained from one domain to illuminate another. The study extends this paradigm to the Xception architecture, renowned for its proficiency in discerning intricate patterns within images. However, the novelty lies in the intelligent modification of Xception to be specifically attuned to breast cancer detection. By fine-tuning the network's final layers, the model's innate ability to understand features is harmonized with the complexities of mammographic images, ensuring sensitivity to nuanced markers of potential malignancy.

A distinctive aspect of this research is the incorporation of a self-attention mechanism, mirroring human visual processing. This mechanism dynamically highlights crucial regions within mammograms, transforming the model into an active interpreter capable of identifying subtle textures, shapes, and edges indicative of breast cancer. This adaptive approach enhances the model's finesse in navigating diverse breast cancer cases effectively.

Throughout the training phase, optimization is pivotal for steering the research towards success. The utilization of the Adam optimizer, known for its adaptability in learning rates and moment estimations, guides the process, ensuring precise gradient descent through complex patterns. The integration of the rectified linear unit (ReLU) activation function further empowers the model to capture intricate relationships within data, enhancing its ability to identify subtle cancer markers. This review comprehensively explores the innovative strides made in breast cancer detection, shedding light on the nuanced interplay of transfer learning, architectural adjustments, self-attention mechanisms, and advanced optimization techniques. The modified Xception model emerges as a promising tool in the pursuit of accurate and sensitive breast cancer diagnostics.

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Sreevidya Nelli, et al. (2023). Revolutionizing Breast Cancer Detection: Enhanced Mammogram Analysis with Modified Xception and Self-Attention. International Journal on Recent and Innovation Trends in Computing and Communication, 11(11), 484–490.