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Display And Analysis Of Tomographic Volumetric Images Utilizing A Vari-Focal Mirror
Author(s): L. D. Harris; J. J. Camp
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Paper Abstract

A system for the three-dimensional (3-D) display and analysis of stacks of tomographic images is described. The device utilizes the principle of a variable focal (vari-focal) length optical element in the form of an aluminized membrane stretched over a loudspeaker to generate a virtual 3-D image which is a visible representation of a 3-D array of image elements (voxels). The system displays 500,000 voxels per mirror cycle in a 3-D raster which appears continuous and demonstrates no distracting artifacts. The display is bright enough so that portions of the image can be dimmed without compromising the number of shades of gray. For x-ray CT, a displayed volume image looks like a 3-D radiograph which appears to be in the space directly behind the mirror. The viewer sees new views by moving his/her head from side to side or up and down. The system facilitates a variety of operator interactive functions which allow the user to point at objects within the image, control the orientation and location of brightened oblique planes within the volume, numerically dissect away selected image regions, and control intensity window levels. Photographs of example volume images displayed on the system illustrate, to the degree possible in a flat picture, the nature of displayed images and the capabilities of the system. Preliminary application of the display device to the analysis of volume reconstructions obtained from the Dynamic Spatial Reconstructor indicates significant utility of the system in selecting oblique sections and gaining an appreciation of the shape and dimensions of complex organ systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 1984
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0507, Processing and Display of Three-Dimensional Data II, (24 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.944935
Show Author Affiliations
L. D. Harris, Mayo Foundation (United States)
J. J. Camp, Mayo Foundation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0507:
Processing and Display of Three-Dimensional Data II
James J. Pearson, Editor(s)

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