PathRez – A Concept Based Relational Database Model for Archival and Retrieval of Static Images and Virtual Slides
Somak Roy, Matthew Smith, Frank A Fusca, Gary M Burdelski, Denine Maglicco, Liron Pantanowitz, Anil V Parwani. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Background: Online image libraries are a valuable resource for trainees and practicing pathologists. Whole slide images (WSI) have added a new dimension to them. Several online libraries are available, but many lack indexing to allow easy searches. The result is an unsatisfactory user experience due to inefficient process of image searches. Our study was aimed to build a concept based relational database model to optimizing image and WSI archiving and retrieval.
Results: The web interface welcomes the user with a random image from the databank, which currently contains over 500 WSIs of genitourinary, head and neck, pulmonary, infectious disease and cardiac pathology and 500 gross and microscopic images. A brief description with the contributor name of accompanies the latter. Image can be searched using quick search function or advanced search features.
Conclusions: This concept based image library provides a reference database for users at different stages of pathology training and practice. The underlying relational database design makes this a unique tool for fast and efficient searches. Such a tool is applicable as an online reference for beginners, instructional resource for tutors, trainee evaluation tool and a forum for sharing interesting images.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:00 PM
Poster Session IV # 226, Tuesday Afternoon