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Digital atlas for spinal x rays
Author(s): L. Rodney Long; Stanley R. Pillemer; Gin-Hua Goh; Lewis E. Berman; Leif Neve; George R. Thoma; Ahalya Premkumar; Yechiam Ostchega; Reva C. Lawrence; Roy D. Altman; Nancy E. Lane; William W. Scott
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Paper Abstract

At the National Library of Medicine we are developing a digital atlas to serve as a reference tool for the interpretation of cervical and lumbar spine x-rays. The atlas contains representative images for four grades of severity for cervical/lumbar spondylolisthesis. A prototype version of the atlas has been built using images for which expert rheumatologist readers reached exact agreement in grading. The atlas functionality includes the ability to display cervical and lumbar anatomy, display of single images or multiple simultaneous images, image processing functions, and capability to ad user-defined images to the atlas. Images are selected for display by the user specifying feature and grade. Currently, the atlas runs on a Sun SPARC workstation under the Solaris operating system. THe initial use of the atlas is to aid in reading a collection of 17,000 NHANES II digitized x-rays. The atlas may also be used as a general digital reference tool for the standardized interpretation of digital x-rays for osteoarthritis. We are investigating further development of the atlas to accommodate a wider set of images, to operate on multiple platforms, and to be accessible via the WWW.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274621
Show Author Affiliations
L. Rodney Long, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Stanley R. Pillemer, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (United States)
Gin-Hua Goh, Century Computing, Inc. (United States)
Lewis E. Berman, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Leif Neve, Century Computing, Inc. (United States)
George R. Thoma, National Library of Medicine (United States)
Ahalya Premkumar, National Institutes of Health (United States)
Yechiam Ostchega, National Ctr. for Health Statistics (United States)
Reva C. Lawrence, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (United States)
Roy D. Altman, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine (United States)
Nancy E. Lane, San Francisco General Hospital (United States)
William W. Scott, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3035:
Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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