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AIMS The aim of our study was to investigate the accuracy of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) for assessing haemodynamically significant stenoses of coronary arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS CT angiography was performed in 67 patients (50 male, 17 female; mean age 60.1+/-10.5 years) with suspected coronary artery disease and compared with invasive coronary(More)
Inner views of tubular structures based on computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) data sets may be created by virtual endoscopy. After a preliminary segmentation procedure for selecting the organ to be represented, the virtual endoscopy is a new postprocessing technique using surface or volume rendering of the data sets. In the case of surface(More)
BACKGROUND Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices are becoming more and more essential for patient safety in hospitals. The purpose of this study was to determine patient safety, data reliability and signal loss wearing on skin RFID devices during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanning. METHODS Sixty RFID tags of the(More)
PURPOSE To compare measurements of the sagittal diameter of the lumbar dural sac obtained at positional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and at functional myelography and to assess the influence of various body positions on the dural sac and the intervertebral foramina. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty consecutive patients referred for lumbar myelography were(More)
Computer-based surgical simulation promises to provide a broader scope of clinical training through the introduction of anatomic variation, simulation of untoward events, and collection of performance data. We present a haptically-enabled surgical simulator for the most common techniques in diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy- cervical dilation,(More)
Acute aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition and must be diagnosed and treated promptly. For treatment planning the reliable identification of the true and false lumen is crucial. However, a fully automatic Computer Aided Diagnosing system capable to display the different lumens in an easily comprehensible and timely manner is still not(More)
Animal dissection for the scientific examination of organ subsystems is a delicate procedure. Performing this procedure under the complex environment of microgravity presents additional challenges because of the limited training opportunities available that can recreate the altered gravity environment. Traditional astronaut crew training often occurs(More)
In our experience, mesh-cutting methods can be distinguished by how their solutions address the following major issues: definition of the cut path, primitive removal and re-meshing, number of new primitives created, when re-meshing is performed, and representation of the cutting tool. Many researches have developed schemes for interactive mesh cutting with(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate physiologic changes of the cross-sectional area of the spinal canal and neural foramina in young asymptomatic volunteers. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Twelve asymptomatic volunteers were examined in a 0.5-T open-configuration MR system. T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequences were obtained in upright neutral,(More)
We have assembled a preliminary environment for simulating tasks that are performed in colonoscopy to provide a professional learning experience. Different commercial endoscopy simulators exist and provide realistic interfaces, but none of these products are able to simulate realistic soft tissue deformations using patient specific preoperative CT or MRI(More)