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Keywords:

  • computer-aided diagnosis;
  • neural networks;
  • competitive/collaborative computing system;
  • performance analysis;
  • weighted voting

Abstract: The use of computer technology to support medical decisions is now widespread and pervasive across a broad range of medical areas. Accordingly, computer-aided diagnosis has become an increasingly important area for intelligent computational systems. This paper describes a competitive/collaborative neural computing system designed to support the medical decision process using medical imaging databases. A concrete example concerning an application to support the differential diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer is also provided.