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Efficient volume visualization of 3D ultrasound images
Author(s): Cheol-An Kim; Jeong Hwan Oh; Hyun Wook Park
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Paper Abstract

Visualization of 3D data from ultrasound images is a challenging task due to the noisy and fuzzy nature of ultrasound image and large amounts of computation time. This paper presents an efficient volume rendering technique for visualization of 3D ultrasound image and large amounts of computation time. This paper present an efficient volume rendering technique for visualization of 3D ultrasound image using the noise-reduction filtering and extraction of the boundary surface with good image quality. The truncated- median filter in 2D ultrasound image is proposed for reducing speckle noise within acceptable processing time. In order to adapt the fuzzy nature of boundary surface of ultrasound image, an adaptive thresholding is also proposed. The decision of threshold is based on the idea that effective boundary surface is estimated by the gray level above an adequate noise threshold and width along the pixel ray. The proposed rendering method is simulated with 3D fetus ultrasound image of 148 X 194 X 112 voxels. Several preprocessing methods were tested and compared with respect to the computation time and the subjective image quality. According to the comparison study, the proposed volume rendering method shows good performance for volume visualization of 3D ultrasound image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3658, Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display, (26 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349468
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Cheol-An Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Medison Co. (South Korea)
Jeong Hwan Oh, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
Hyun Wook Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3658:
Medical Imaging 1999: Image Display
Seong Ki Mun; Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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