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Course 23

3D Visualization in Medicine

The growing health-care industry is providing new opportunities for applied research in computer graphics. This course concentrated on areas of the visualization pipeline not traditionally covered: acquisition and medical evaluation. It presented not only how to approach 3D visualization in medicine, but also, through case studies, the motivations and limitations of such methods. Participants interested in getting started in this area learned about the sources of volume medical data. Clinicians presented their views of visualization and what their requirements are for effective and safe applications of computer graphics in medicine.

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of 3D computer graphics and an understanding of the basic principles of image processing. Some familiarity with medical terminology or experience working on a clinical project useful but not necessary.

Topics Covered
The sources and characteristics of 3D clinical data (X-ray CT, MRI, SPECT, etc.), advanced displays (virtual worlds) in medicine, and interactive graphics for surgery.

Organizer
Terry Yoo
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Lecturers
Henry Fuchs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ron Kikinis
Harvard Medical School

Bill Lorensen
General Electric Corporate R&D Center

Andrei State
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Vannier
University of Iowa

Terry Yoo
University of Mississippi Medical Center

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