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Case study: interacting with volumetric medical datasets in networked CAVE environments
Author(s): Ali H. Al-khalifah; Robin Woff; Vassil N. Alexandrov; Dave J. Roberts
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Paper Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) is widely used in visualizing medical datasets. This interest has emerged due to the usefulness of its techniques and features. Such features include immersion, collaboration, and interactivity. In a medical visualization context, immersion is important, because it allows users to interact directly and closely with detailed structures in medical datasets. Collaboration on the other hand is beneficial, because it gives medical practitioners the chance to share their expertise and offer feedback and advice in a more effective and intuitive approach. Interactivity is crucial in medical visualization and simulation systems, because responsive and instantaneous actions are key attributes in applications, such as surgical simulations. In this paper we present a case study that investigates the use of VR in a collaborative networked CAVE environment from a medical volumetric visualization perspective. The study will present a networked CAVE application, which has been built to visualize and interact with volumetric datasets. We will summarize the advantages of such an application and the potential benefits of our system. We also will describe the aspects related to this application area and the relevant issues of such implementations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5669, Visualization and Data Analysis 2005, (11 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.587633
Show Author Affiliations
Ali H. Al-khalifah, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Robin Woff, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)
Vassil N. Alexandrov, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Dave J. Roberts, Univ. of Salford (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5669:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2005
Robert F. Erbacher; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Grohn; Katy Borner, Editor(s)

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