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Regression and classification based distance metric learning for medical image retrieval

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3 Author(s)
Weidong Cai ; Biomed. & Multimedia Inf. Technol. (BMIT) Res. Group, Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia ; Yang Song ; David Dagan Feng

Better utilizing the vast amount of valuable information stored in the medical imaging databases is always an interesting research area, and one way is to retrieve similar images as a reference dataset to assist the diagnosis. Distance metric is a core component in image retrieval; and in this paper, we propose a new learning-based distance metric design, based on regression and classification techniques. We design a weight learning approach by classifying the similar-dissimilar data samples, and a further optimization with a sparsity-constraint regression algorithm for feature selection. The learned distance metric is generally applicable for medical image retrievals. We evaluate the proposed method on clinical PET-CT images, and demonstrate clear performance improvements.

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2012 9th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)

Date of Conference:

2-5 May 2012