06272366 is referenced by 143 patents and cites 60 patents.

A method and system are provided for effecting interactive, three-dimensional renderings of selected body organs for purposes of medical observation and diagnosis. A series of CT images of the selected body organs are acquired. The series of CT images is stacked to form a three-dimensional volume file. To facilitate interactive three-dimensional rendering, the three-dimensional volume file may be subjected to an optional dataset reduction procedure to reduce pixel resolution and/or to divide the three-dimensional volume file into selected subvolumes. From a selected volume or subvolume, the image of a selected body organ is segmented or isolated. A wireframe model of the segmented organ image is then generated to enable interactive, three-dimensional rendering of the selected organ.

Title
Method and system for producing interactive three-dimensional renderings of selected body organs having hollow lumens to enable simulated movement through the lumen
Application Number
8/734427
Publication Number
6272366 (B1)
Application Date
October 16, 1996
Publication Date
August 7, 2001
Inventor
David J Vining
Winson-Salem
NC, US
Agent
Dann Dorfman Herrell and Skillman
US
Assignee
Wake Forest University
NC, US
IPC
A61B 5/05
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