MRI image artifact ontology: A Proposed Method for Improved Recognition

Lasbleiz Jeremy, Morelli John, Schnel Nicolas, Burgun Anita, Duvauferrier Regis, Saint Jalmes Herve

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an essential diagnostic imaging technique. The complexity of interpreting MRI images is often compounded by the presence of a wide range of artifacts which are often challenging to identify and eliminate. Ontology permits the construction of a knowledge database with which users can interact given an appropriate interface. The goal of this work is to create an interactive tool for the ontology of MRI artifacts that will allow a radiologist to compare any given MRI artifact image with those contained in the ontology. Material and method: Using Protege 4, we have constructed the ontology with input from an expert in MRI artifacts and utilizing images exemplifying such artifacts. The graphical user interface has been built in Java and the linkage with the ontology made with Owl API. Results: Using the tool, users can compare imaging artifacts encountered in daily practice to those in the database. Once a user has identified the image the most similar to their own, they then have instantaneous access to the knowledge contained in the ontology about the artifact. Individual users can also submit images and have access to DICOM data.

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