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Framework for the generation of 3-D anatomical atlases
Author(s): Karl Heinz Hoehne; Andreas Pommert; Martin Riemer; Thomas Schiemann; Rainer Schubert; Ulf Tiede; Werner Lierse
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Paper Abstract

In current practice computerized anatomical atlases are based on a collection of images that can be accessed via a hypermedia program shell. In order to overcome the drawback of a limited number of available views, we propose an approach that uses an anatomical model as data base. The model has a two layer structure. The lower level is a volume model with a set of semantic attributes belonging to each voxel. Its spatial representation is derived from data sets of magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography. The semantic attributes are assigned by an anatomist using a volume editor. The upper level is a set of relations between these attributes which are specified by the expert as well. Interactive visualization tools such as multiple surface display, transparent rendering, and cutting are provided. As a substantial feature of the implementation the semantic and the visualization oriented descriptions are stored in a knowledge base. It is shown that the combination of this object oriented data structure with advanced volume visualization tools provides the `look and feel' of a real dissection. The concept, which even allows simulations like surgery rehearsal, is claimed to be superior to all presently known atlas techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1808, Visualization in Biomedical Computing '92, (22 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131104
Show Author Affiliations
Karl Heinz Hoehne, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Andreas Pommert, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Martin Riemer, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Thomas Schiemann, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Rainer Schubert, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Ulf Tiede, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)
Werner Lierse, Univ. Krankenhaus Eppendorf (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1808:
Visualization in Biomedical Computing '92

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