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Semi-automatic staging system for rectal cancer using spatially oriented unwrapped endorectal ultrasound
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Paper Abstract

Endorectal ultrasound is currently the gold standard for the staging of rectal cancer; however, the accurate staging of the disease requires extensive training and is difficult, especially for those clinicians who do not see a large number of patients per year. Therefore, there is a need for a semi-automatic staging system to assist the clinicians in the accurate staging of rectal cancer. We believe that the unwrapping of the circular ERUS images captured by a spatially tracked ERUS system is a step in this direction. The steps by which a 2D image can be unwrapped are described thereby allowing the circular layers of the rectal wall to be displayed as flat layers stacked on top of each other. We test the unwrapping process using images from a cylindrical rectal phantom and a human rectum. The process of unwrapping endorectal ultrasound images qualitatively provides good visualization of the layers of the rectal wall and rectal tumors and supports the continual study of this novel staging system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5744, Medical Imaging 2005: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (12 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595263
Show Author Affiliations
John R. Warmath, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Zhujiang Cao, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Philip Bao M.D., Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Alan J. Herline, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Robert L. Galloway Jr., Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5744:
Medical Imaging 2005: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Robert L. Galloway Jr.; Kevin R. Cleary, Editor(s)

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