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INTEGRATED VOLUMETRIC 3D ANATOMICAL ATLAS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124117D
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-08
Document File: 5 page(s) / 210K

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Abstract

In an embodiment of this invention, a 3D volumetric anatomical atlas is configured integral with the PACS. For example, the atlas is configured having a variety of normal and abnormal anatomy in a plurality of contrasts and protocols. Accordingly, the integration enables radiologists to load 3D volumetric datasets that correspond to patient exams. Like any textbook based atlas, anatomical systems and structures are also labeled. For example, labels can be setup to indicate various structures based on system, body part or specialty.

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INTEGRATED VOLUMETRIC 3D ANATOMICAL ATLAS

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001]               This invention relates generally, to an anatomical atlas, and more particularly to, an integrated volumetric 3D anatomical atlas for use in medical imaging.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]               Generally, medical schools do not teach anatomy and diagnostic interpretation of 3D volumetric datasets, and hence radiologists take up to two years to become accustomed to reading in this paradigm.  However, radiologists are much more adept in reading the cross sectional raw data generated by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR).

[0003]               As technology advancements have increased the number of slices generated by the modalities, radiologists must now access volumetric 3D visualization techniques to parse through the thousands of slices of CT and MR data.  However, cross sectional review will not be the most efficient means of reviewing this data.  Radiologists must consult with more experienced colleagues or spend time referring to anatomical atlases and resources when dealing with 3D volumetric data, which is not desirable.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0004]                 FIG. 1 illustrates a 3D volumetric anatomical atlas within the context of PACS workstation. 

[0005]                FIG. 2 illustrates a 3D volumetric patient data without labels.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0006]    Various embodiments of this invention provide an integrated volumetric 3D anatomical atlas for use in medical imaging. 

[0007]      In an embodiment of this invention, a 3D volumetric anatomical atlas is configured integral with the PACS. 

[0008]    For example, the atlas is configured having a variety of normal and abnormal anatomy in a plurality of contrasts and protocols. 

[0009]               Accordingly, the integration enables radiologists to load 3D volumetric datasets that correspond to patient exams.  Like any textbook based atlas, anatomical systems and structures are also labeled.  For example, labels can be setup to indicate various structures based on system, body part or specialty.  Labels allow radiologists to, more clearly, understand spatial relationships

[0010]   In a further embodiment, this invention enables radiologists to adjust image settings and...