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Is there a need for biomedical CBIR systems in clinical practice? Outcomes from a usability study
Author(s): Sameer Antani; Zhiyun Xue; L. Rodney Long; Deborah Bennett; Sarah Ward; George R. Thoma
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Paper Abstract

Articles in the literature routinely describe advances in Content Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) and its potential for improving clinical practice, biomedical research and education. Several systems have been developed to address particular needs, however, surprisingly few are found to be in routine practical use. Our collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has identified a need to develop tools to annotate and search a collection of over 100,000 cervigrams and related, anonymized patient data. One such tool developed for a projected need for retrieving similar patient images is the prototype CBIR system, called CervigramFinder, which retrieves images based on the visual similarity of particular regions on the cervix. In this article we report the outcomes from a usability study conducted at a primary meeting of practicing experts. We used the study to not only evaluate the system for software errors and ease of use, but also to explore its "user readiness", and to identify obstacles that hamper practical use of such systems, in general. Overall, the participants in the study found the technology interesting and bearing great potential; however, several challenges need to be addressed before the technology can be adopted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7967, Medical Imaging 2011: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 796708 (24 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878268
Show Author Affiliations
Sameer Antani, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Zhiyun Xue, National Library of Medicine (United States)
L. Rodney Long, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Deborah Bennett, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Sarah Ward, National Library of Medicine (United States)
George R. Thoma, National Library of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7967:
Medical Imaging 2011: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
William W. Boonn; Brent J. Liu, Editor(s)

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