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Medical Image Processing

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Abstract

Of many types of images around us, medical images are a ubiquitous type since xrays were first discovered in 1985. The recent years, especially after the introduction of computed tomography (CT) in 1972, have witnessed an explosion in the use of medical imaging and, consequently, the volume of medical image data being produced. It is estimated that 40,000 terabytes of medical image data were generated in the United States alone in 2009 [8]. With expanding use of medical imaging and growing size and resolution of medical images, medical image processing has evolved into an important subspecialty of image processing and the field continues to gain prominence and catch the fancy of the scientific community.

Keywords

Positron Emission Tomography Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Image Registration Volume Rendering Anisotropic Diffusion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.GE HealthcareWaukeshaUSA
  3. 3.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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