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Aquatics reconstruction software: the design of a diagnostic tool based on computer vision algorithms

Andrea Giachetti, Gianluigi Zanetti
Computer Vision - ECCV 2004, Volume XXVIII - 2004
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Computer vision methods can be applied to a variety of medical and surgical applications, and many techniques and algorithms are available that can be used to recover 3D shapes and information from images range and volume data. Complex practical applications, however, are rarely approachable with a single technique, and require detailed analysis on how they can be subdivided in subtasks that are computationally treatable and that, at the same time, allow for the appropriate level of user-interaction. In this paper we show an example of a complex application where, following criteria of efficiency, reliability and user friendliness, several computer vision techniques have been selected and customized to build a system able to support diagnosis and endovascular treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. The system reconstructs the geometrical representation of four different structures related to the aorta (vessel lumen, thrombus, calcifications and skeleton) from CT angiography data. In this way it supports the three dimensional measurements required for a careful geometrical evaluation of the vessel, that is fundamental to decide if the treatment is necessary and to perform, in this case, its planning. The system has been realized within the European trial AQUATICS (IST-1999-20226 EUTIST-M WP 12), and it has been widely tested on clinical data.

BibTex references

@InProceedings{GZ04d,
  author       = {Giachetti, A. and Zanetti, G.},
  title        = {Aquatics reconstruction software: the design of a diagnostic tool based on computer vision algorithms},
  booktitle    = {Computer Vision - ECCV 2004},
  volume       = {XXVIII},
  year         = {2004},
  editor       = {Springer LNCS},
  note         = {Proceedings 8th European Conference of Computer Vision, held in Prague, Czech Republic, May 11-14, 2004isbn: 3-540-21981-1idxproject: AQUATICS},
  keywords     = {Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Diagnosis/Surgery, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted Imaging, Three-Dimensional Reconstruction, Mathematical Computing},
  url          = {http://publications.crs4.it/pubdocs/2004/GZ04d},
}

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