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Curved-Surface Digital Image Reformations In Computed Tomography
Author(s): Michael L. Rhodes; Yu-Ming Azzawi; Eva S. Tivattanasuk; Alex T. Pang; Karen Ly; Hema Panicker; Richard Amador
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Paper Abstract

Flexible image presentations of anatomic structures are now routine practice for CT diagnosis. Saggital, coronal, para-axial, and oblique views reformatted from regularly spaced CT images are now a standard software package for all CT manufacturers. These images are unrestricted by the orientation of data acquisition where only flat planes of anatomy are scanned. As this viewing flexibility improves, image orientations are suggested that are further liberated from orthogonal image storage architectures of past work. Image orientation for those views mentioned above are all planar. This paper illustrates a digital image that is three-dimensional in its description but flat in its presentation - an image that follows the structural shape of anatomy. More simply, we present a generalized "curved-surface" image and demonstrate its clinical utility in examinations of the mandible, lumbar and cervical spine. We show by examples given here, how clinical diagnosis is aided and three-dimensional structure is more easily understood when researchers, clinicians and surgeons visualize anatomy presentations that follow anatomic curvature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0593, Medical Image Processing, (5 May 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.952152
Show Author Affiliations
Michael L. Rhodes, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Yu-Ming Azzawi, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Eva S. Tivattanasuk, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Alex T. Pang, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Karen Ly, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Hema Panicker, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)
Richard Amador, MPDI Medical Science Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0593:
Medical Image Processing
Paul Suetens; Ian T. Young, Editor(s)

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