Objective assessment of aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer treatment: quantifying aesthetic factors after breast reconstruction

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dc.contributor.advisor Markey , Mia Kathleen en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 174277285 en_US
dc.creator Kim , Min Soon , 1974 - en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008 -08 -28T23 :39 :09Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :33 :17Z
dc.date.available 2008 -08 -28T23 :39 :09Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :33 :17Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 -08 -28T23 :39 :09Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3290
dc.description.abstract Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women . One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime . Essentially all breast cancer treatment involves surgery . The two most generally performed surgical treatments for breast cancer are breast conservation therapy and mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction . Breast reconstructive surgery is an important component of the breast cancer treatment process . The aesthetic outcome of breast cancer treatment is a critical factor in breast cancer survivors' quality of life . Aesthetics is a general term that refers to physical characteristics such as symmetry and proportion . Currently , physicians , patients , or other observers evaluate breast aesthetics in a subjective , qualitative manner . However , such assessments are typically based on vaguely defined rating scales that have low intra - and inter -observer agreement . Their qualitative nature also restricts the analyses that can be performed . Quantitative , objective measures with high reliability are needed to meaningfully relate patient and surgical variables to aesthetic outcomes and to compare the outcomes of different kinds of breast cancer treatments (e .g . , reconstruction procedures ) . I postulated that quantitative measures of breast aesthetic properties can be designed using clinical photographs . In this dissertation , I have designed algorithms to compute objective , quantitative , reproducible measures of breast aesthetics . I have evaluated the algorithms for computing objective measures of breast aesthetic properties such as ptosis and surgical scars from clinical photographs . A preliminary observer rating scale of 11 symmetry ratings items , 14 individual breast ratings items , and a global rating on overall appearance before and after the entire rating items was proposed . Eye -tracking technology was used to understand how plastic surgeons assess breast aesthetics by recording their gaze path while they rate breast anatomy on clinical photographs . In addition to these design and evaluation tasks , I also have used the objective measures to conduct a preliminary comparison of the aesthetic outcomes of different reconstruction procedures . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries , The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works . en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammaplasty en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Surgery - -Aesthetic aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Medical photography en_US
dc.title Objective assessment of aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer treatment : quantifying aesthetic factors after breast reconstruction en_US
dc.title.alternative Quantifying aesthetic factors after breast reconstruction
dc.description.department Biomedical Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.recnum b68900430 en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Biomedical Engineering en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin en_US
thesis.degree.department Biomedical Engineering en_US


Objective assessment of aesthetic outcomes of breast cancer treatment: quantifying aesthetic factors after breast reconstruction. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3290 .

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