System for the analysis and visualization of large 3D anatomical trees

Kun Chang Yu, Erik L. Ritman, William E. Higgins

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Modern micro-CT and multi-detector helical CT scanners can produce high-resolution 3D digital images of various anatomical trees. The large size and complexity of these trees make it essentially impossible to define them interactively. Automatic approaches have been proposed for a few specific problems, but none of these approaches guarantee extracting geometrically accurate multi-generational tree structures. This paper proposes an interactive system for defining and visualizing large anatomical trees and for subsequent quantitative data mining. The system consists of a large number of tools for automatic image analysis, semi-automatic and interactive tree editing, and an assortment of visualization tools. Results are presented for a variety of 3D high-resolution images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1802-1820
Number of pages19
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications


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