Medical Image Retrieval Challenge Evaluation

This is the archival Web site for the ImageCLEF Medical Image Retrieval Challenge Evaluation for the years 2005-2008 that was funded by Grant ITR-0325160 of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Information Technology Research (ITR) program. The official Web site for the Challenge Evaluation going forward is part of the larger Web site http://www.imageclef.org/. This Web site here should only be viewed as an archive for activity from 2005-2008.

ImageCLEFmed is part of the Cross Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF), a benchmarking event for multilingual information retrieval held annually since 2000. CLEF first began as a track in the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC). A multilingual image retrieval track started in 2003, and in 2004 a medical image retrieval track was added. More information about ImageCLEF can be found on its main Web site.

Image or multimedia retrieval is interesting for the domain of cross-language information retrieval as the media such as images are inherently almost insensitive to language. The main goal of ImageCLEFmed is to improve the retrieval of medical images from heterogeneous and multilingual document collections containing images as well as text. Many collections exist on the World Wide Web that contain images as well as multilingual texts. However, the retrieval of images is an often-neglected topic in the information retrieval domain. In particular, hospitals produce an enormous amount of visual data but tools to manage these images and videos are scarce and exist currently only as research prototypes.

Data, Results, and Publications

2008 Track

Consolidated Collection

This collection consists the image collection and topics used in ImageCLEFmed 2005-2007 merged into one single new collection, with relevance judgments done for all topics based on all collections. A paper in Journal of Digital Imaging has been published describing the collection. We ask that any further research done with the collections of 2005-2007 be done with the single consolidated collection. The collection is available to all CLEF participants.

2007 Track

2006 Track

2005 Track





Henning Müller
University and Hospitals of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland
Email:  henning.mueller@sim.hcuge.ch
Web:  http://www.sim.hcuge.ch/medgift/02_Henning_EN.htm

Semantic Mining Semantic Interoperability and Data Mining in Biomedicine
SemanticMining Network of Excellence 507505
William Hersh
Oregon Health &Science University
Portland, OR, USA
Email:  hersh@ohsu.edu
Web:  http://www.billhersh.info/
Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer
Oregon Health &Science University
Portland, OR, USA
Email: kalpathy@ohsu.edu

IST Eurpoean Union Sixth Framework Program
Information Society Technologies
Paul Clough
Sheffield University, UK
Email:  p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.uk
Web:  http://ir.shef.ac.uk/cloughie/

NSF National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Information Technology Research
Grant 0325160

How can I participate in ImageCLEF?

You can register for ImageCLEF by following the links on the CLEF Web site. Once you have registered and completed the appropriate copyright and declaration forms, you will be able to download the data collections. There is also an email list that you can join following the instructions on the ImageCLEF Web site.

Organizing Group

Pictured below are the original organizers of ImageCLEF, pictured at the CLEF 2005 meeting in Vienna, Austria. (Not pictured is Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.)


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Last updated - 22 December 2008, William Hersh