Distributed Image Analysis and Data Visualization Technology for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Project Award Date: 0000-00-00
The overall objective of the "Distributed Image Analysis and Data Visualization Technology for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning" project between TISL, the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), and the Mayo Clinic is to develop and evaluate technology for distributed image analysis and data visualization over the MAGIC gigabit network. The particular image analysis and data visualization algorithms we are interested in supporting are those that are presently underutilized due to their high communication and computation costs. For example, large multimodality image registration, multispectral analysis of tissue signatures, deformable models for image segmentation and notion analysis, and interactive volume rendering. This high performance testbed will be used to develop telemedicine applications enabling physicians and researchers from multiple institutions to collaborate using patient databases and computational resources that are widely distributed over a high speed communication network. By demonstrating the effectiveness of the HPCC tools in plastic surgery telemedicine applications, we hope to improve the infrastructure for telemedicine and ultimately improve the effectiveness of health care delivery systems.
Our goals will be accomplished by combining the talents and resources of three sites on the MAGIC gigabit testbed. The focus of the TISL group is on the development of scalable network protocols and software development tools to support the development of image analysis and data visualization algorithms on heterogeneous distributed networks. In addition, this group will develop rapid prototyping tools for creating telemedicine application interfaces and will develop API interfaces in collaboration with the KUMC and Mayo Clinic groups. The focus of the Mayo Clinic group is on the development of distributed image analysis and data visualization modules based on components of the ANALYZE system. The focus of the KUMC group is on the specification and evaluation of telemedicine applications utilizing the tools developed by TISL and the Mayo Clinic. Physicians at the Mayo Clinic will also be involved in this evaluation phase. Investigators at each of these sites have the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to accomplish these ambitious goals.