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Architecture for biomedical multimedia information delivery on the World Wide Web
Author(s): L. Rodney Long; Gin-Hua Goh; Leif Neve; George R. Thoma
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Paper Abstract

Research engineers at the National Library of Medicine are building a prototype system for the delivery of multimedia biomedical information on the World Wide Web. This paper discuses the architecture and design considerations for the system, which will be used initially to make images and text from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) publicly available. We categorized our analysis as follows: (1) fundamental software tools: we analyzed trade-offs among use of conventional HTML/CGI, X Window Broadway, and Java; (2) image delivery: we examined the use of unconventional TCP transmission methods; (3) database manager and database design: we discuss the capabilities and planned use of the Informix object-relational database manager and the planned schema for the HNANES database; (4) storage requirements for our Sun server; (5) user interface considerations; (6) the compatibility of the system with other standard research and analysis tools; (7) image display: we discuss considerations for consistent image display for end users. Finally, we discuss the scalability of the system in terms of incorporating larger or more databases of similar data, and the extendibility of the system for supporting content-based retrieval of biomedical images. The system prototype is called the Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System. An early version was built as a Java applet and tested on Unix, PC, and Macintosh platforms. This prototype used the MiniSQL database manager to do text queries on a small database of records of participants in the second NHANES survey. The full records and associated x-ray images were retrievable and displayable on a standard Web browser. A second version has now been built, also a Java applet, using the MySQL database manager.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3229, Multimedia Storage and Archiving Systems II, (6 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290363
Show Author Affiliations
L. Rodney Long, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Gin-Hua Goh, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Leif Neve, National Library of Medicine (United States)
George R. Thoma, National Library of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3229:
Multimedia Storage and Archiving Systems II
C.-C. Jay Kuo; Shih-Fu Chang; Venkat N. Gudivada, Editor(s)

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