How 3D immersive visualization is changing medical diagnostics

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Abstract

Originally the only way to look inside the human body without opening it up was by means of two dimensional (2D) images obtained using X-ray equipment. The fact that human anatomy is inherently three dimensional leads to ambiguities in interpretation and problems of occlusion. Three dimensional (3D) imaging modalities such as CT, MRI and 3D ultrasound remove these drawbacks and are now part of routine medical care. While most hospitals 'have gone digital', meaning that the images are no longer printed on film, they are still being viewed on 2D screens. However, this way valuable depth information is lost, and some interactions become unnecessarily complex or even unfeasible. Using a virtual reality (VR) system to present volumetric data means that depth information is presented to the viewer and 3D interaction is made possible. At the Erasmus MC we have developed V-Scope, an immersive volume visualization system for visualizing a variety of (bio-)medical volumetric datasets, ranging from 3D ultrasound, via CT and MRI, to confocal microscopy, OPT and 3D electron-microscopy data. In this talk we will address the advantages of such a system for both medical diagnostics as well as for (bio)medical research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XVI
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2011
EventHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XVI - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Jan 201127 Jan 2011

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7865
ISSN0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceHuman Vision and Electronic Imaging XVI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period24/01/1127/01/11

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