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Digital hand atlas and computer-aided bone age assessment via the Web
Author(s): Fei Cao; H. K. Huang; Ewa Pietka; Vicente Gilsanz
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Paper Abstract

A frequently used assessment method of bone age is atlas matching by a radiological examination of a hand image against a reference set of atlas patterns of normal standards. We are in a process of developing a digital hand atlas with a large standard set of normal hand and wrist images that reflect the skeletal maturity, race and sex difference, and current child development. The digital hand atlas will be used for a computer-aided bone age assessment via Web. We have designed and partially implemented a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) system for Web-based bone age assessment. The system consists of a digital hand atlas, a relational image database and a Web-based user interface. The digital atlas is based on a large standard set of normal hand an wrist images with extracted bone objects and quantitative features. The image database uses a content- based indexing to organize the hand images and their attributes and present to users in a structured way. The Web-based user interface allows users to interact with the hand image database from browsers. Users can use a Web browser to push a clinical hand image to the CAD server for a bone age assessment. Quantitative features on the examined image, which reflect the skeletal maturity, will be extracted and compared with patterns from the atlas database to assess the bone age. The relevant reference imags and the final assessment report will be sent back to the user's browser via Web. The digital atlas will remove the disadvantages of the currently out-of-date one and allow the bone age assessment to be computerized and done conveniently via Web. In this paper, we present the system design and Web-based client-server model for computer-assisted bone age assessment and our initial implementation of the digital atlas database.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3662, Medical Imaging 1999: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352771
Show Author Affiliations
Fei Cao, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
H. K. Huang, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Ewa Pietka, Medical Univ. of Silesia (Poland)
Vicente Gilsanz, Children's Hospital/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3662:
Medical Imaging 1999: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Steven C. Horii, Editor(s)

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