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Region-based volumetric medical image retrieval
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Paper Abstract

Volumetric medical images contain an enormous amount of visual information that can discourage the exhaustive use of local descriptors for image analysis, comparison and retrieval. Distinctive features and patterns that need to be analyzed for finding diseases are most often local or regional, often in only very small parts of the image. Separating the large amount of image data that might contain little important information is an important task as it could reduce the current information overload of physicians and make clinical work more efficient. In this paper a novel method for detecting key-regions is introduced as a way of extending the concept of keypoints often used in 2D image analysis. In this way also computation is reduced as important visual features are only extracted from the detected key regions. The region detection method is integrated into a platform-independent, web-based graphical interface for medical image visualization and retrieval in three dimensions. This web-based interface makes it easy to deploy on existing infrastructures in both small and large-scale clinical environments. By including the region detection method into the interface, manual annotation is reduced and time is saved, making it possible to integrate the presented interface and methods into clinical routine and workflows, analyzing image data at a large scale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8674, Medical Imaging 2013: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 867406 (29 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007971
Show Author Affiliations
Antonio Foncubierta-Rodríguez, HES-SO (Switzerland)
Henning Müller, HES-SO (Switzerland)
Univ. Hospitals and Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
Adrien Depeursinge, HES-SO (Switzerland)
Univ. Hospitals and Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8674:
Medical Imaging 2013: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
Maria Y. Law; William W. Boonn, Editor(s)

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