Barcodes for medical image retrieval using autoencoded Radon transform

Hamid R. Tizhoosh, Christopher Mitcheltree, Shujin Zhu, Shamak Dutta

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Using content-based binary codes to tag digital images has emerged as a promising retrieval technology. Recently, Radon barcodes (RBCs) have been introduced as a new binary descriptor for image search. RBCs are generated by binarization of Radon projections and by assembling them into a vector, namely the barcode. A simple local thresholding has been suggested for binarization. In this paper, we put forward the idea of 'autoencoded Radon barcodes'. Using images in a training dataset, we autoencode Radon projections to perform binarization on outputs of hidden layers. We employed the mini-batch stochastic gradient descent approach for the training. Each hidden layer of the autoencoder can produce a barcode using a threshold determined based on the range of the logistic function used. The compressing capability of autoencoders apparently reduces the redundancies inherent in Radon projections leading to more accurate retrieval results. The IRMA dataset with 14,410 x-ray images is used to validate the performance of the proposed method. The experimental results, containing comparison with RBCs, SURF and BRISK, show that autoencoded Radon barcode (ARBC) has the capacity to capture important information and to learn richer representations resulting in lower retrieval errors for image retrieval measured with the accuracy of the first hit only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509048472
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2016 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Dec 4 2016Dec 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1051-4651


Conference23rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ICPR 2016


  • Autoencoder
  • Image retrieval
  • Medical imaging
  • Neural networks
  • Radon barcode
  • Radon transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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