Efficient similarity retrieval for temporal shape sequences: A case study using cardiac MR images

Heng Huang, Fillia Makedon, James Ford, Li Shen, Yuhang Wang, Tilmann Steinberg, Ling Gao, Justin Pearlman

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The spherical harmonics (SPHARM) approach has been used for the representation of shapes in many types of biomedical image data. We propose a SPHARM-based similarity comparison for shape sequences that allows fast similarity searches for dynamic objects and demonstrate it using 3D images of a beating heart. By using spherical harmonics to extract a small number of features that represent cardiac shape in each sequential state, we enable indexing and pruning of database entries with a multidimensional index tree (e.g. R *-tree) for fast retrieval. Our approach relies on obtaining selected landmarks to allow normalization within and between sequences. This framework is extensible to other application domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3250-3253
Number of pages4
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume26 V
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 5 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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