A Differential Method for Representing Spinal MRI for Perceptual-CBIR

  • Marcelo Ponciano-Silva
  • Pedro H. Bugatti
  • Rafael M. Reis
  • Paulo M. Azevedo-Marques
  • Marcello H. Nogueira-Barbosa
  • Caetano TrainaJr.
  • Agma Juci Machado Traina
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8258)


Image exams are a fundamental tool in health care for decision making. A challenge in Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) is to provide a timely answer that complies with the specialist’s expectation. There are different systems with different techniques to CBIR in literature. However, even with so much research, there are still particular challenges to be overcame, such as the semantic gap. In this paper, we presented a new spinal-image comparison method based on the perception of specialists during his/her analysis of spine lesions. We take advantage of a color extractor and propose a shape descriptor considering the visual patterns that the radiologists use to recognize anomalies in images. The experiments shown that our approach achieved promising results, testifying that the automatic comparison of images should consider all relevant visual aspects and comparisons’ criteria, which are defined by the specialists.


Content-Based Medical Image Retrieval Features Extraction Spinal Images 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Ponciano-Silva
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pedro H. Bugatti
    • 3
  • Rafael M. Reis
    • 4
  • Paulo M. Azevedo-Marques
    • 4
  • Marcello H. Nogueira-Barbosa
    • 4
  • Caetano TrainaJr.
    • 1
  • Agma Juci Machado Traina
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of São PauloSão CarlosBrazil
  2. 2.Fed. Inst. of Education, Science and Technology of the Triângulo MineiroBrazil
  3. 3.Dept. of Computer EngineeringFed. Tech. University of ParanáBrazil
  4. 4.School of Medicine of University of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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