The Australian e-Health Research Centre,1 in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology’s Paediatric Spine Research Group,2 is developing software for visualisation and manipulation of large, three-dimensional (3D) medical image datasets. The software allows the extraction of anatomical data from individual patients for use in preoperative planning. State-of-the-art computer technology makes it possible to slice through the image dataset at any angle, or manipulate 3D representations of the data instantly.
Although the software was initially developed to support planning for scoliosis surgery, it can be applied to any dataset whether obtained from computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or any other imaging modality.
Extraction of anatomical data from three-dimensional image datasets
- 1. Australian e-Health Research Centre. The preoperative planning project. http://www.aehrc.com/biomedical_imaging/preoperative_planning.html (accessed Aug 2010).
- 2. Paediatric Spine Research Group, Queensland University of Technology. PSRG projects. http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/research/projects/paediatrics/projects.jsp (accessed Jan 2011).
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