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Visualizing cerebral vasculature: imaging limitations from 2D and 3D data
Author(s): John B. Hiller; Tatjana Zrimec; Nicholas J. Mankovich; Simon Keith Warfield
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Paper Abstract

Arterio-venous malformations (AVMs) are a congenital disorder that affects a small percentage of the population. They are treated by blocking or reducing the blood supply followed by surgery. This paper looks in a preliminary way at visualizing the cerebral vasculature and ultimately the AVMs. These visualizations provide support for the surgeons and radiologists. Our concern is to substantiate the point that there are deficiencies in the data correctable with reference to digital subtraction angiograms and we conjecture that knowledge based processing of this data may lead to improved results. The paper explores the basis of the difficulty and it compares the performance of several algorithms. Simple geometric objects are studied and the dependence of error on several parameters is shown. A comparison is drawn between the richness of the data available from x-ray angiograms (XRAs) and magnetic resonance angiograms (MRAs). Inferences are drawn on approaches that may be appropriate for the evolution of a description of the vasculature. Comment is also made on the way in which different representations may be compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2164, Medical Imaging 1994: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174043
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John B. Hiller, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Tatjana Zrimec, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Nicholas J. Mankovich, UCLA Medical Ctr./Olive View (United States)
Simon Keith Warfield, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2164:
Medical Imaging 1994: Image Capture, Formatting, and Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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