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3D volume visualization in remote radiation treatment planning
Author(s): David Y. Yun; Hong-Mei Chen Garcia; Seong Ki Mun; James E. Rogers; Walid Gabriel Tohme; Wayne E. Carlson; Stephen May; Roni Yagel
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports a novel applications of 3D visualization in an ARPA-funded remote radiation treatment planning (RTP) experiment, utilizing supercomputer 3D volumetric modeling power and NASA ACTS (Advanced Communication Technology Satellite) communication bandwidths at the Ka-band range. The objective of radiation treatment is to deliver a tumorcidal dose of radiation to a tumor volume while minimizing doses to surrounding normal tissues. High performance graphics computers are required to allow physicians to view a 3D anatomy, specify proposed radiation beams, and evaluate the dose distribution around the tumor. Supercomputing power is needed to compute and even optimize dose distribution according to pre-specified requirements. High speed communications offer possibilities for sharing scarce and expensive computing resources (e.g., hardware, software, personnel, etc.) as well as medical expertise for 3D treatment planning among hospitals. This paper provides initial technical insights into the feasibility of such resource sharing. The overall deployment of the RTP experiment, visualization procedures, and parallel volume rendering in support of remote interactive 3D volume visualization will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2656, Visual Data Exploration and Analysis III, (8 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.234678
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David Y. Yun, Univ. of Hawaii/Honolulu (United States)
Hong-Mei Chen Garcia, Univ. of Hawaii/Honolulu (United States)
Seong Ki Mun, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
James E. Rogers, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Walid Gabriel Tohme, Georgetown Univ. Medical Ctr. (United States)
Wayne E. Carlson, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Stephen May, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Roni Yagel, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2656:
Visual Data Exploration and Analysis III
Georges G. Grinstein; Robert F. Erbacher, Editor(s)

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