Facilitating multi-disciplinary, knowledge-based support for breast cancer screening

Dasmahapatra, Srinandan, Dupplaw, David, Hu, Bo, Lewis, Paul, Shadbolt, Nigel and Lewis, Hugh (2006) Facilitating multi-disciplinary, knowledge-based support for breast cancer screening. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 7, (5), 403-420.


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In order to increase the accuracy of breast cancer screening, the diagnostics of imaging modalities (X-ray, ultrasound or magnetic resonance (MR)) is assessed alongside results of histopathological or cytopathological studies as well as clinical information about a patient. This procedure is called 'triple assessment' in the UK. We have undertaken a project to develop a multiple ontology-based medical image-annotation and reasoning system to support this procedure. Our system integrates image-annotation tools for drawing, image analysis and feature extraction, with ontologies compliant with the proposed language standard, namely OWL. This integration is carried out by the mapping between images and instances in the ontologies. In this paper, we outline the ambit of the project in further detail and discuss some of the architecture and design issues that we have resolved in order to make our system modular and semantic web-enabled. The resulting knowledge base should not only support medical practitioners in the triple assessment process but also provide a resource from which personalised patient information could be delivered via the web direct to patient or care provider. Finally, we describe the progress that we have made thus far on the implementation of this system.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1368-2156 (print)
Keywords: triple assessment, breast cancer screening, ontologies, medical image annotation, virtual primary healthcare, healthcare technology, imaging modalities, x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, patient information, diagnostics, histopathological studies, cytopathological studies, image analysis, feature extraction, semantic web, knowledge based systems, kbs, e-healthcare, electronic healthcare
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 23733
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 11:24
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/23733

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