Fast Nearest Neighbor Search in Medical Image Databases.

Flip Korn, Nikolaos Sidiropoulos, Christos Faloutsos, Eliot Siegel, Zenon Protopapas: Fast Nearest Neighbor Search in Medical Image Databases. VLDB 1996: 215-226
  author    = {Flip Korn and
               Nikolaos Sidiropoulos and
               Christos Faloutsos and
               Eliot Siegel and
               Zenon Protopapas},
  editor    = {T. M. Vijayaraman and
               Alejandro P. Buchmann and
               C. Mohan and
               Nandlal L. Sarda},
  title     = {Fast Nearest Neighbor Search in Medical Image Databases},
  booktitle = {VLDB'96, Proceedings of 22th International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, September 3-6, 1996, Mumbai (Bombay), India},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1996},
  isbn      = {1-55860-382-4},
  pages     = {215-226},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/KornSFSP96.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/96},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


We examine the problem of finding similar tumor shapes. Starting from a natural similarity function (the so-called `max morpho- logical distance'), we showed how to lower-bound it and how to search for nearest neighbors in large collections of tumor-like shapes.

Specifically, we used state-of-the-art concepts from morphology, namely the `pattern spectrum' of a shape, to map each shape to a point in n-dimensional space. Following [16, 30], we organized the n-d points in an R-tree. We showed that the L_\infty norm in the n-d space lower-bounds the actual distance. This guarantees no false dismissals for range queries. In addition, we developed a nearest-neighbor algorithm that also guarantees no false dismissals.

Finally, we implemented the method, and we tested it against a testbed of realistic tumor shapes, using an established tumor- growth model of Murray Eden [13]. The experiments showed that our method is roughly an order of magnitude faster than the straighforward sequential scanning.

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T. M. Vijayaraman, Alejandro P. Buchmann, C. Mohan, Nandlal L. Sarda (Eds.): VLDB'96, Proceedings of 22th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 3-6, 1996, Mumbai (Bombay), India. Morgan Kaufmann 1996, ISBN 1-55860-382-4
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