19 May 2003 Image database for digital hand atlas
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Bone age assessment is a procedure frequently performed in pediatric patients to evaluate their growth disorder. A commonly used method is atlas matching by a visual comparison of a hand radiograph with a small reference set of old Greulich-Pyle atlas. We have developed a new digital hand atlas with a large set of clinically normal hand images of diverse ethnic groups. In this paper, we will present our system design and implementation of the digital atlas database to support the computer-aided atlas matching for bone age assessment. The system consists of a hand atlas image database, a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) software module for image processing and atlas matching, and a Web user interface. Users can use a Web browser to push DICOM images, directly or indirectly from PACS, to the CAD server for a bone age assessment. Quantitative features on the examined image, which reflect the skeletal maturity, are then extracted and compared with patterns from the atlas image database to assess the bone age. The digital atlas method built on a large image database and current Internet technology provides an alternative to supplement or replace the traditional one for a quantitative, accurate and cost-effective assessment of bone age.
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Fei Cao, Fei Cao, H. K. Huang, H. K. Huang, Ewa Pietka, Ewa Pietka, Vicente Gilsanz, Vicente Gilsanz, Partha S. Dey, Partha S. Dey, Arkadiusz Gertych, Arkadiusz Gertych, Sywia Pospiech-Kurkowska, Sywia Pospiech-Kurkowska, "Image database for digital hand atlas", Proc. SPIE 5033, Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (19 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480681; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.480681

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