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A Semantic Modeling Approach for Medical Image Semantic Retrieval Using Hybrid Bayesian Networks

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5 Author(s)
Chun-Yi Lin ; Coll. of Electron. & Inf. Eng., South China Univ. of Tech., Guangzhou ; Jun-Xun Yin ; Xue Gao ; Jian-Yu Chen
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A multi-level semantic modeling method, which integrates support vector machines (SVM) into hybrid Bayesian networks (HBN), is proposed in this paper. SVM discretizes the continuous variables of medical image features by classifying them into finite states as middle-level semantics. Based on the HBN, the semantic model for medical image semantic retrieval can be designed at multi-level semantics. To validate the method, a model is built to achieve automatic image annotation at the content level from a small set of astrocytona MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) samples. Multi-level annotation is a promising solution to enable medical image retrieval at different semantic levels. Experiment results show that this approach is very effective to enable multi-level interpretation of astrocytona MRI scan. It outperforms the Bayesian network-based model using k-nearest neighbor classifiers (K-NN). This study provides a novel way to bridge the gap between the high-level semantics and the low-level image features

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Intelligent Systems Design and Applications, 2006. ISDA '06. Sixth International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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16-18 Oct. 2006