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14 January 1982 True Three-Dimensional (3-D) Display Of Computer Data: Medical Applications
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This paper describes a system for rendering objects in three dimensional space using medical data. The combination of a variable focal length vibrating mirror and computer electronics will be described and also the software system required to process the data. A brief review of several promising medical applications will allow visualization as to how such a display can be used most effectively. The display of data in three dimensions overcomes the ambiguity often found in two dimensional presentations. It allows a truly objective examination of the display data while two dimensional displays require a subjective interpretation of what might exist in the Z direction. The basic technologies employed in SpaceGraph were developed at Bolt Beranek & Newman, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and were proven in a laboratory prototype. Usefulness for a wide variety of applications was also proven by BB&N by obtaining data from many fields of science and creating displays of these data. What we show here are early indications of promise in medical areas that require true three dimensional imaging capability. The display is a true three dimensional display that allows presentation of data in a volume filling manner. The data can occupy a volume of 20 X 25 X 30 centimeters.
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Michael L. Rhodes, Henry S. Stover, and William V. Glenn "True Three-Dimensional (3-D) Display Of Computer Data: Medical Applications", Proc. SPIE 0318, 1st Intl Conf and Workshop on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, (14 January 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.967655; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.967655
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