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Toward Validation Databases for Medical Imaging: Engineering a Scientific Rendezvous.
The broad questions of content-based retrieval on image archives, segmentation and registration of medical data and computer-assisted diagnosis (CAD) tacitly introduce complex problems of validation. How do we, as a community, provide the necessary technical framework to support the diverse initiatives in image-based medicine? Setting aside the statistical and software engineering aspects of such a foundation, what are the requirements for a medical image database that might support validation of segmentation, registration, CAD, and content-based data retrieval? I will briefly introduce several elements that should be addressed in the evolution of such a resource.