Chapter 4. Medical Imagery

  1. Vittorio Castelli and
  2. Lawrence D. Bergman
  1. Stephen Wong and
  2. Kent Soo Hoo Jr.

Published Online: 7 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471224634.ch4

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery

How to Cite

Wong, S. and Hoo, K. S. (2001) Medical Imagery, in Image Databases: Search and Retrieval of Digital Imagery (eds V. Castelli and L. D. Bergman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471224634.ch4

Editor Information

  1. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Author Information

  1. University of California at San Francisco, Radiology, P.O.Box 0628, 505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0628

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471321163

Online ISBN: 9780471224631



  • medical imagery;
  • applications;
  • technologies;
  • standards;
  • systems integration


The advent of new digital medical imaging modalities is opening new frontiers for investigating the structure and function of the human body and at the same time presents challenges in the form of data heterogeneity, multimodality, differing structural or functional contexts, and imprecision. This chapter shows how picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have answered the need for a digital medical image management system to support radiological diagnosis and also serve as a foundation for developing more sophisticated medical image management systems that support content-based image retrieval, image processing and teleconsultation. The chapter also discusses how the digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) protocols have facilitated the interfacing of medical imaging components over computer networks to support data interchange for biomedical images and image-related information.