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

Dasmahapatra, Srinandan, Dupplaw, David, Hu, Bo, Lewis, Hugh, Lewis, Paul and Shadbolt, Nigel, Dorgham, M.A.(ed.) (2006) Facilitating multi-disciplinary knowledge-based support for breast cancer screening International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 7, (5), pp. 403-420. (doi:10.1504/IJHTM.2006.008428).

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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 carer. Finally, we describe the progress that we have made thus far on the implementation of this system.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: triple assessment, breast cancer, ontologies, image annotation
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Southampton Wireless Group


Local EPrints ID: 258955
ISSN: 1368-2156
PURE UUID: 5bd130b4-8598-49af-ab2a-1f86c823df03

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Date deposited: 03 Mar 2004
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:27

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Author: David Dupplaw
Author: Bo Hu
Author: Hugh Lewis
Author: Paul Lewis
Author: Nigel Shadbolt
Editor: M.A. Dorgham

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