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Virtual reality in radiology: virtual intervention
Author(s): Michael R. Harreld; Daniel J. Valentino; Gary R. Duckwiler; Robert B. Lufkin; Walter J. Karplus
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Paper Abstract

Intracranial aneurysms are the primary cause of non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Morbidity and mortality remain high even with current endovascular intervention techniques. It is presently impossible to identify which aneurysms will grow and rupture, however hemodynamics are thought to play an important role in aneurysm development. With this in mind, we have simulated blood flow in laboratory animals using three dimensional computational fluid dynamics software. The data output from these simulations is three dimensional, complex and transient. Visualization of 3D flow structures with standard 2D display is cumbersome, and may be better performed using a virtual reality system. We are developing a VR-based system for visualization of the computed blood flow and stress fields. This paper presents the progress to date and future plans for our clinical VR-based intervention simulator. The ultimate goal is to develop a software system that will be able to accurately model an aneurysm detected on clinical angiography, visualize this model in virtual reality, predict its future behavior, and give insight into the type of treatment necessary. An associated database will give historical and outcome information on prior aneurysms (including dynamic, structural, and categorical data) that will be matched to any current case, and assist in treatment planning (e.g., natural history vs. treatment risk, surgical vs. endovascular treatment risks, cure prediction, complication rates).

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2431, Medical Imaging 1995: Image Display, (27 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207632
Show Author Affiliations
Michael R. Harreld, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Daniel J. Valentino, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Gary R. Duckwiler, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Robert B. Lufkin, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Walter J. Karplus, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2431:
Medical Imaging 1995: Image Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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