UMLS-based automatic image indexing

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6;1141.


To date, most accurate image retrieval techniques rely on textual descriptions of images. Our goal is to automatically generate indexing terms for an image extracted from a biomedical article by identifying Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) concepts in image caption and its discussion in the text. In a pilot evaluation of the suggested image indexing method by five physicians, a third of the automatically identified index terms were found suitable for indexing.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Documentation / methods*
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
  • Maryland
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated / methods*
  • Radiology Information Systems*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Unified Medical Language System*