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17 December 1998 Image query and indexing for digital x rays
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The web-based medical information retrieval system (WebMIRS) allows interned access to databases containing 17,000 digitized x-ray spine images and associated text data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). WebMIRS allows SQL query of the text, and viewing of the returned text records and images using a standard browser. We are now working (1) to determine utility of data directly derived from the images in our databases, and (2) to investigate the feasibility of computer-assisted or automated indexing of the images to support image retrieval of images of interest to biomedical researchers in the field of osteoarthritis. To build an initial database based on image data, we are manually segmenting a subset of the vertebrae, using techniques from vertebral morphometry. From this, we will derive and add to the database vertebral features. This image-derived data will enhance the user's data access capability by enabling the creation of combined SQL/image-content queries.
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L. Rodney Long and George R. Thoma "Image query and indexing for digital x rays", Proc. SPIE 3656, Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases VII, (17 December 1998);

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