Shape-based indexing in a medical image database

Wei Zhang, Stanley Sclaroff, Sven Dickinson, Jacob Feldman, Stanley Dunn

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In this work, we report on a prototype of a clinical radiograph image database to be indexed by image content. The underlying content-based search engine is based on the modal shape description method for characterizing the shape of a 2-D image region [24]. Using a similarity metric defined in a modal vector space, our system successfully classified radiographic images according to the dental pathologies they depicted. This successful classification demonstrates that the proposed similarity metric effectively captures clinical similarity between images in the database. The prototype is implemented in a Web-based environment, allowing remote users in the field to search a central repository of images. Examples of classification performance and typical queries are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Workshop on Biomedical Image Analysis, WBIA 1998
EditorsBaba Vemuri
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0818684607, 9780818684609
StatePublished - 1998
Event1998 IEEE Workshop on Biomedical Image Analysis, WBIA 1998 - Santa Barbara, United States
Duration: Jun 26 1998Jun 27 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings - Workshop on Biomedical Image Analysis, WBIA 1998


Other1998 IEEE Workshop on Biomedical Image Analysis, WBIA 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Barbara

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Health Informatics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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