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Virtual reality techniques for the visualization of biomedical imaging data
Author(s): Maurice A. Shaw; William B. Spillman Jr.; Ken E. Meissner; Joseph Gabbard
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Paper Abstract

The Optical Sciences & Engineering Research Center (OSER) at Virginia Polytechnic and State University investigates advanced laser surgery optics, biocompatible material for implants, and diagnostic patches and other diagnostic and drug delivery tools. The Center employs optics to provide new biological research tools for visualization, measurement, analysis and manipulation. The Center's Research into Multispectral Medical Analysis and Visualization techniques will allow human and veterinary medical professionals to diagnose various conditions of the body in much the same way that satellite information is used to study earth resources. Each pixel in the image has an associated spectra. Advanced image analysis techniques are combined with cross-correlation of the spectra with signatures of known conditions, allowing automated diagnostic assistance to physicians. The analysis and visualization system consists of five components: data acquisition, data storage, data standardization, data analysis, and data visualization. OSER research efforts will be directed toward investigations of these system components as an integrated tool for next generation medical diagnostics. OSER will research critical data quality and data storage issues, mult-spectral sensor technologies, data analysis techniques, and diagnostic visualization systems including the VT-CAVE, ( The VT-CAVE is Virginia Tech's configuration of Fakespace Systems, Inc Virtual Reality system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4259, Biomarkers and Biological Spectral Imaging, (2 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432497
Show Author Affiliations
Maurice A. Shaw, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
William B. Spillman Jr., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Ken E. Meissner, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Joseph Gabbard, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4259:
Biomarkers and Biological Spectral Imaging
Gregory H. Bearman; Darryl J. Bornhop; Darryl J. Bornhop; Richard M. Levenson, Editor(s)

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