Building a reference multimedia database for interstitial lung diseases

Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2012 Apr;36(3):227-38. doi: 10.1016/j.compmedimag.2011.07.003. Epub 2011 Jul 30.


This paper describes the methodology used to create a multimedia collection of cases with interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) at the University Hospitals of Geneva. The dataset contains high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) image series with three-dimensional annotated regions of pathological lung tissue along with clinical parameters from patients with pathologically proven diagnoses of ILDs. The motivations for this work is to palliate the lack of publicly available collections of ILD cases to serve as a basis for the development and evaluation of image-based computerized diagnostic aid. After 38 months of data collection, the library contains 128 patients affected with one of the 13 histological diagnoses of ILDs, 108 image series with more than 41l of annotated lung tissue patterns as well as a comprehensive set of 99 clinical parameters related to ILDs. The database is available for research on request and after signature of a license agreement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / pathology*
  • Multimedia*
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • User-Computer Interface