A workstation for multi-dimensional display and analysis of biomedical images

R. A. Robb, P. B. Heffernan, J. J. Camp, D. P. Hanson

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The capibility to extract objective and quantitatively accurate information from 3-D radiographic biomedical images has not kept pace with the capabilities to produce the images themselves. This is rather an ironic paradox, since on the one hand the new 3-D and 4-D imaging capabilities promise significant potential for providing greater specificity and sensitivity (i.e. precise objective discrimination and accurate quantitative measurement of body tissue characteristics and function) in clinical diagnostic and basic investigative imaging procedures than ever possible before, but on the other hand, the momentous advances in computer and associated electronic imaging technology which have made these 3-D imaging capabilities possible have not been concomitantly developed for full exploitation of these capabilities. Therefore, we have developed a powerful new microcomputer-based system which permits detailed investigations and evaluation of 3-D and 4-D (dynamic 3-D) biomedical images. The system comprises a special workstation to which all the information in a large 3-D image data base is accessible for rapid display, manipulation, and measurement. The system provides important capabilities for simultaneously representing and analyzing both structural and functional data and their relationship in various organs of the body. This paper provides a detailed description of this system, as well as some of the rationale, background, theoretical concepts, and practical considerations related to system implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-184
Number of pages16
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987


  • 3-D image display
  • Computed tomography
  • Image processing
  • Workstation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics


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