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WebMIRS: web-based medical information retrieval system
Author(s): L. Rodney Long; Stanley R. Pillemer; Reva C. Lawrence; Gin-Hua Goh; Leif Neve; George R. Thoma
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Paper Abstract

At the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research and development division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), we are developing a prototype multimedia database system to provide World Wide Web access to biomedical databases. WebMIRS (Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System) will allow access to databases containing text and images and will allow database query by standard SQL, by image content, or by a combination of the two. The system is being developed in the form of Java applets, which will communicate with the Informix DBMS on an NLM Sun workstation running the Solaris operating system. The system architecture will allow access from any hardware platform, which supports a Java-enabled Web browser, such as Netscape or Internet Explorer. Initial databases will include data from two national health surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and will include x-ray images from those surveys. In addition to describing in- house research in database access systems, this paper describes ongoing work toward querying by image content. Image content search capability will include capability to search for x-ray images similar to an input image with respect to vertebral morphometry used to characterize features such as fractures and disc space narrowing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3312, Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases VI, (23 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.298448
Show Author Affiliations
L. Rodney Long, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Stanley R. Pillemer, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (United States)
Reva C. Lawrence, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (United States)
Gin-Hua Goh, Century Computing, Inc. (United States)
Leif Neve, Century Computing, Inc. (United States)
George R. Thoma, National Library of Medicine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3312:
Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases VI
Ishwar K. Sethi; Ramesh C. Jain, Editor(s)

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