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Three-dimensional Presentation of Images with Intuitive Navigation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000175236D
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-06
Document File: 6 page(s) / 239K

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Abstract

A method for visualizing images in a three-dimensional space configured to facilitate intuitive navigation through the images is presented. The method includes organizing the images in a three-dimensional space. Further, the method includes rotating the three-dimensional space along a vertical and/or horizontal axis to allow navigation to an image of interest. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method is also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.

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Three-dimensional Presentation of Images with Intuitive Navigation

BACKGROUND

[0001]             The invention relates generally to imaging systems, and more particularly to visualization of images.   

[0002]             Diagnostic imaging has emerged into an essential aspect of patient care.  Medical images that are obtained during a diagnostic imaging session have evolved as tools that allow a clinician non-invasive means to view anatomical cross-sections of internal organs, tissues, bones and other anatomical regions of a patient.  More particularly, the medical images serve the clinician in diagnosis of disease states, determination of suitable treatment options and/or monitoring the effects of treatment.  As will be appreciated, medical images may be obtained from a broad spectrum of imaging modalities, such as, but not limited to computed tomography (CT) imaging, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, digital mammography, X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine imaging, or positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. 

[0003]             As will be appreciated, visualization of acquired images or image data plays a vital role in aiding a clinician in the diagnosis of disease states.  More particularly, the visualization of the acquired images which also allows easy navigation through the images or series of images is highly desirable. 

[0004]             Currently available techniques used by clinicians to navigate through diagnostic images associated with an exam tend to be inefficient, time consuming and not intuitive.  By way of example, using these techniques, navigation to the next/previous image in the series of images is generally not very obvious.  Also, currently available navigation graphical user interfaces (GUIs) fail to offer the ability to easily skip across images at a variable rate. 

[0005]             It may therefore be desirable to develop a robust technique and system for enabling visualization of images that advantageously facilitates substantially superior performance of the imaging system.  In particular, there is a need for a system that may be configured to allow visualization of images intuitive, while also allowing intuitive navigation through the images or series of images.  

DRAWINGS

[0006]             These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood when the following detailed description is read with reference to the accompanying drawings in which like characters represent like parts throughout the drawings, wherein:

[0007]             FIG. 1 is a flow chart of an exemplary method for visualizing images in a 3D spherical space configured to allow intuitive navigation through the images, in accordance with aspects of the present technique; and

[0008]             FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic illustration of the exemplary method for visualizing images in a 3D spherical space configured to allow intui...