A new tool to search tumor samples for research across Europe: BIOPOOL - Poster
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content based image retrieval
Objective: Searching tissues for research across biobanks and pathology departments is complicated due to the geographically dispersed distribution, diagnosis heterogeneity, language diversity and lack of online robust samples catalogues. BIOPOOL consortium (www.biopoolproject.eu) was created to give a solution based on a new search approach similar to Google images but focused on histological images and associated clinical databases. The project is funded by the 7FP of the European Commission (GA296162). Method: Digital images from colon, breast and lung cancer were used to develop the software. Eleven pathologists worked closely with IT developers. They defined the technical and functional requirements of the final system, and the identification and validation of the key visual features and regions of interest on the histological images and their associated data. Relevant visual descriptors were identified, coded and extracted automatically from the images in order to be included in ...