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Interactive electronic biopsy for 3D virtual colonscopy
Author(s): Ming Wan; Frank Dachille; Kevin Kreeger; Sarang Lakare; Mie Sato; Arie E. Kaufman; Mark R. Wax; Zhengrong Liang
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Paper Abstract

We propose an interactive electronic biopsy technique for more accurate colon cancer diagnoses by using advanced volume rendering technologies. The volume rendering technique defines a transfer function to map different ranges of sample values of the original volume data to different colors and opacities, so that the interior structure of the polyps can be clearly recognized by human eyes. Specifically, we provide a user- friendly interface for physicians to modify various parameters in the transfer function, so that the physician can interactively change the transfer function to observe the interior structures inside the abnormalities. Furthermore, to speed up the volume rendering procedure, we propose an efficient space-leaping technique by observing that the virtual camera parameters are often fixed when the physician modifies the transfer function. In addition, we provide an important tool to display the original 2D CT image at the current 3D camera position, so that the physician is able to double check the interior structure of a polyp with the density variation in the corresponding CT image for confirmation. Compared with the traditional biopsy in the procedure of optical colonoscopy, our method is more flexible, noninvasive, and therefore without risk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4321, Medical Imaging 2001: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images, (21 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.428176
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Ming Wan, Boeing Co. (United States)
Frank Dachille, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Kevin Kreeger, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Sarang Lakare, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Mie Sato, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Arie E. Kaufman, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Mark R. Wax, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Zhengrong Liang, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4321:
Medical Imaging 2001: Physiology and Function from Multidimensional Images
Chin-Tu Chen; Anne V. Clough, Editor(s)

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