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Improved visualization in virtual colonoscopy using image-based rendering

  • Iwo Serlie
  • Frans Vos
  • Rogier van Gelder
  • Jaap Stoker
  • Roel Truyen
  • Frans Gerritsen
  • Yung Nio
  • Frits Post
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Abstract

Virtual colonoscopy (VC) is a patient-friendly alternative for colorectal endoscopic examination. We explore visualization aspects of VC such as surface in view, navigation and communication of a diagnosis. A series of unfolded cubes presents an animated full 360-degree omnidirectional field-of-view to the physician, to facilitate thorough and rapid inspection. For communication between physicians a tool has been designed that uses image-based rendering. Clinical evaluation has shown a reduction in inspection time from 19 minutes to 7 minutes without loss of sensitivity. With current virtual colonoscopy using a 2-sided view only 94% of the surface is available for exploration. In our approach the surface in view is increased to potentially 100%. Thus, the entire colon can be explored with better confidence that no regions are missed.

Keywords

Compute Tomography Colonography Central Path Virtual Colonoscopy Optical Colonoscopy Virtual Endoscopy 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Iwo Serlie
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frans Vos
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rogier van Gelder
    • 4
  • Jaap Stoker
    • 4
  • Roel Truyen
    • 5
  • Frans Gerritsen
    • 5
  • Yung Nio
    • 4
  • Frits Post
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsDelft University of TechnologyCJ DelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Information Technology and SystemsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyErasmus University Medical CenterRotterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyAcademie Medical CenterDE AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.EasyVision Advanced DevelopmentPhilips Medical Systems Nederland B.V.DA BestThe Netherlands

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