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22 May 1997 Digital atlas for spinal x rays
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At the National Library of Medicine we are developing a digital atlas to serve as a reference tool for the interpretation of cervical and lumbar spine x-rays. The atlas contains representative images for four grades of severity for cervical/lumbar spondylolisthesis. A prototype version of the atlas has been built using images for which expert rheumatologist readers reached exact agreement in grading. The atlas functionality includes the ability to display cervical and lumbar anatomy, display of single images or multiple simultaneous images, image processing functions, and capability to ad user-defined images to the atlas. Images are selected for display by the user specifying feature and grade. Currently, the atlas runs on a Sun SPARC workstation under the Solaris operating system. THe initial use of the atlas is to aid in reading a collection of 17,000 NHANES II digitized x-rays. The atlas may also be used as a general digital reference tool for the standardized interpretation of digital x-rays for osteoarthritis. We are investigating further development of the atlas to accommodate a wider set of images, to operate on multiple platforms, and to be accessible via the WWW.
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L. Rodney Long, Stanley R. Pillemer, Gin-Hua Goh, Lewis E. Berman, Leif Neve, George R. Thoma, Ahalya Premkumar, Yechiam Ostchega, Reva C. Lawrence, Roy D. Altman, Nancy E. Lane, and William W. Scott Jr. "Digital atlas for spinal x rays", Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997);


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