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Remote vs. head-mounted eye-tracking: a comparison using radiologists reading mammograms
Author(s): Claudia Mello-Thoms; David Gur
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Paper Abstract

Eye position monitoring has been used for decades in Radiology in order to determine how radiologists interpret medical images. Using these devices several discoveries about the perception/decision making process have been made, such as the importance of comparisons of perceived abnormalities with selected areas of the background, the likelihood that a true lesion will attract visual attention early in the reading process, and the finding that most misses attract prolonged visual dwell, often comparable to dwell in the location of reported lesions. However, eye position tracking is a cumbersome process, which often requires the observer to wear a helmet gear which contains the eye tracker per se and a magnetic head tracker, which allows for the computation of head position. Observers tend to complain of fatigue after wearing the gear for a prolonged time. Recently, with the advances made to remote eye-tracking, the use of head-mounted systems seemed destined to become a thing of the past. In this study we evaluated a remote eye tracking system, and compared it to a head-mounted system, as radiologists read a case set of one-view mammograms on a high-resolution display. We compared visual search parameters between the two systems, such as time to hit the location of the lesion for the first time, amount of dwell time in the location of the lesion, total time analyzing the image, etc. We also evaluated the observers' impressions of both systems, and what their perceptions were of the restrictions of each system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6515, Medical Imaging 2007: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 65150C (20 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.706335
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Claudia Mello-Thoms, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
David Gur, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6515:
Medical Imaging 2007: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
Yulei Jiang; Berkman Sahiner, Editor(s)

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