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5D interactive real time Doppler ultrasound visualization of the heart
Author(s): Volker Heid; Harald Evers; Christian Henn; Gerald Glombitza; Hans-Peter Meinzer
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Paper Abstract

Heart valve insufficiencies can optimally be assessed using transesophageal, triggered, three-dimensional ultrasound imaging. The dynamic ultrasound data contain morphological as well as functional components which are recorded and displayed simultaneously. It allows the visualization of intracardiac motion which is an important parameter to detect abnormal flow caused by defect valves. A realtime reconstruction is desired to get a spatial impression on the one hand and to interactively clip parts of the volume on the other hand. OpenGL Volumizer is used for visualization. Scalability of the visualization was tested with respect to different workstations and graphics resources using a Multipipe Utility library (MPU). The combination of both APIs enables a visualization of volumetric and functional data with frame rates up to 10 frames per second. By using the proposed method, it is possible to visualize the jet in the original color-coding which is employed during a conventional two- dimensional examination for displaying the velocity values. A good scalability from low cost up to high end graphic workstations is given by the use of the MPU. The quality of the resulting 3D images allows exact differentiation of heart valve insufficiencies to support the diagnostic procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3978, Medical Imaging 2000: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images, (20 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383432
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Volker Heid, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (Germany)
Harald Evers, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (Germany)
Christian Henn, Visual Supercomputing Reality Lab. (Switzerland)
Gerald Glombitza, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (Germany)
Hans-Peter Meinzer, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3978:
Medical Imaging 2000: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images
Chin-Tu Chen; Anne V. Clough, Editor(s)

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