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A Versatile Image Processor For Digital Diagnostic Imaging And Its Application In Computed Radiography
Author(s): H. Blume; R. Alexandru; R. Applegate; T. Giordano; K. Kamiya; R. Kresina
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Paper Abstract

In a digital diagnostic imaging department, the majority of operations for handling and processing of images can be grouped into a small set of basic operations, such as image data buffering and storage, image processing and analysis, image display, image data transmission and image data compression. These operations occur in almost all nodes of the diagnostic imaging communications network of the department. An image processor architecture was developed in which each of these functions has been mapped into hardware and software modules. The modular approach has advantages in terms of economics, service, expandability and upgradeability. The architectural design is based on the principles of hierarchical functionality, distributed and parallel processing and aims at real time response. Parallel processing and real time response is facilitated in part by a dual bus system: a VME control bus and a high speed image data bus, consisting of 8 independent parallel 16-bit busses, capable of handling combined up to 144 MBytes/sec. The presented image processor is versatile enough to meet the video rate processing needs of digital subtraction angiography, the large pixel matrix processing requirements of static projection radiography, or the broad range of manipulation and display needs of a multi-modality diagnostic work station. Several hardware modules are described in detail. For illustrating the capabilities of the image processor, processed 2000 x 2000 pixel computed radiographs are shown and estimated computation times for executing the processing opera-tions are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1986
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0626, Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIV and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (12 June 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.975408
Show Author Affiliations
H. Blume, Philips Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
R. Alexandru, MSB Systems Inc. (United States)
R. Applegate, Philips Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
T. Giordano, Philips Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
K. Kamiya, Philips Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)
R. Kresina, Philips Medical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0626:
Application of Optical Instrumentation in Medicine XIV and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
Samuel J. Dwyer; Roger H. Schneider, Editor(s)

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