A Multimodality Medical Image Interpretation System as a PACS Component
A PACS provides means for archiving and transmitting Image Data, while Multimodality Medical Image Interpretation Systems (MMIIS) provide tools to analyse and interpret them. To be integrated in PACS, such a system should be a standard tool, compatible with the whole system and able to communicate. In this paper we describe the specification and the implementation of the prototype MMIIS we developed and we demonstrate the versatility of our approach on an actual example.
The MMIIS formally consists of a specific set of Image Processing (IP) objects, a classification of IP procedures, partly describing IP knowledge, a multi-expert system describing the various categories of knowledge.
To ensure portability, we developed an IP language (link between formal and implemented IP objects and procedures) and used standard industrial tools.
The interest of clearly separating application-dependent knowledge and generic imaging tools in Medical Image Analysis and Interpretation is demonstrated on lung SPECT images.
KeywordsImage objects IP procedures classification Image analysis portability reusabiity
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