Knowledge and Information Systems

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 457–491 | Cite as

Knowledge management in image-based analysis of blood vessel structures

  • Iván Macía
  • Manuel GrañaEmail author
  • Celine Paloc
Regular Paper


We have detected the lack of a widely accepted knowledge representation model in the area of Blood Vessel analysis. We find that such a tool is needed for the future development of the field and our own research efforts. It will allow easy reuse of software pieces through appropriate abstractions, facilitating the development of innovative methods, procedures and applications. We include a thorough review of vascular morphology image analysis. After the identification of the key representation elements and operations, we propose a Vessel Knowledge Representation (VKR) model that would fill this gap. We give insights into its implementation based on standard Object-Oriented Programming tools and paradigms. The VKR would easily integrate with existing medical imaging and visualization software platforms, such as the Insight ToolKit (ITK) and Visualization Toolkit (VTK).


Vessel analysis Knowledge representation Medical image 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vicomtech, Visual Communications Technologies CentreSan SebastianSpain
  2. 2.Grupo de Inteligencia ComputacionalUPV/EHUSan SebastianSpain

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