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Computer Communications And Graphics For Clinical Radiology
Author(s): Michael L. Rhodes; Yu-Ming Azzawi; Eva S. Tivattanasuk; Alex T. Pang; Karen Ly; Hema Panicker
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Paper Abstract

Computer graphics has many forms. When applied in medicine, it can range from simple two dimensional charts and graphs to rendering of three-dimensional scenes. Computer graphic displays of molecular or large anatomic structures have been used to great advantage by numerous medical researchers. In addition, graphic presentations can be dynamic where displays are controlled by physician-user commands, or the presentations can be static, where views are recorded in discrete frames for later distribution or permanent archival. In medicine both interactive and static forms of computer graphics have their proper place in the effective delivery of health care. Computer graphics, however, changes constantly in the area of software techniques, hardware improvements and its clinical application. What may be medically appropriate today in the use of computer graphics can soon become inadequate and well behind the new advances that so quickly follow. In this paper the key feature of computer communication is discussed that aids in the clinical utility of computer graphics in medicine. It is distribution. Distribution in terms of instantaneous computer graphic software updates and more importantly, distribution of meaningful three-dimensional presentations to referring physicians. Physicians who, working in their private offices, have no routine access to medical work stations. In this environment three dimensional presentations of anatomy are static in nature, but must deliver realistic views of critical structures. This paper outlines how computer communication provides the essential ingredient to the provision of this service. As an illustration, the electronic distribution of software to generate three dimensional views of complex anatomoic structures is discussed. Sample views are included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0593, Medical Image Processing, (5 May 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.952159
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)

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

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