From geography to medicine: Exploring innerspace via spatial and temporal databases

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Abstract

Spatial and temporal (ST) databases have traditionally been used to manage geographic data. However, the human body is another important low dimensional physical space which is extensively measured, queried and analyzed in the field of medicine. Health care is fundamental to the lives of all people, young or old, rich or poor, healthy or ill. This is an opportune time for research in this area due to the international priority to improve human health and the recent passage of health care legislation to provide electronic medical records and databases in many countries such as the United States. ST datasets in medicine include 3-D images (e.g., CT and MRI), spatial networks in the body (e.g., circulatory system), recorded for each patient at various times (per visit or frequently during hospitalization). We envision a spatio-temporal framework for monitoring health status over the long term (via dental X-rays, mammograms, etc.) or predicting when an anomalous decay or growth will change in size. An ST framework may play an important role in improving health care quality by providing answers on the progression of disease and the treatment of many pathologies (e.g., cancer). However, realizing such a framework poses significant challenges for researchers, each of which is a non-trivial task that has not been addressed by previous work. Taking on these challenges, therefore, would mark the beginning of the next fantastic voyage [2] in spatial and temporal databases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Spatial and Temporal Databases - 12th International Symposium, SSTD 2011, Proceedings
Pages467-470
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2011
Event12th International Symposium on Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases, SSTD 2011 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2011Aug 26 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6849 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th International Symposium on Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases, SSTD 2011
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period8/24/118/26/11

Keywords

  • Medical Data
  • Radiology
  • Spatial and Temporal Databases

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