Low cost three-dimensional ultrasonographic imaging in a military Women's Health Center using the continuous linear acquisition method

Christian Macedonia, T. Patience, A. Maslow, J. Kopelman

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the clinical usefulness of our three-dimensional ultrasonographic system in a population of female military health care beneficiaries. Design : Using the previously described continuous linear acquisition method of three-dimensional ultrasonography , we collected an archive of threedimensional ultrasound images then reconstructed serial frame sets using NIH IMAGE. All study subjects were volunteers who were patients seen at the Madigan Army Medical Center 's (MAMC) Antenatal Diagnostic Center. Method: Volunteers from a population of women undergoing screening and diagnostic ultrasounds were evaluated by conventional two-dimensional ultrasound . Each subsequently underwent examination using the continuous linear acquisition transducer system. The scrolled images were then uploaded to a Macintosh 8100/80 workstation (Power PC) with SCION LG3 frame grabber card operating NIH IMAGE software. We created three-dimensional interactive data sets for image projection. In the case of our three-dimensional fetal echocardiography, we used a manual pseudo-gating process to create a running 0-degree projection of one fetal cardiac cycle. All other projections were 360 degree, rotating, brightest point projections. Results We have assembled a montage of three-dimensional utrasonographic images to include: a complete but not central placenta previa highlighting for the first time the unique three dimensional character of this pathology, a diamnionic-dichorionic twins gestation which shows our ability to perform off line image optimization and biometry, a normal singleton gestation revealing spinal ultrastructure in a compunded image, a cleft lip and palate, a complex cystic adenexal mass, and finally a three-dimensional fetal echocardiogram using a manual pseudo-gating process to create a running 0- degree projection of one fetal cardiac cycle. Concl usion: The continuous linear acquisition method of 3D sonographic image generation provided clinically useful , inexpensive, and unique information which proved to be a useful adjunct to the management of several patients with pregnancy and non-pregnancy related pathologies. This initial work-in-progress study demonstrates the need for further research into low cosffportable three-dimensional imaging systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Forum
Subtitle of host publicationMilitary Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages149-155
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0818658606, 9780818658600
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes
Event1995 National Forum: Military Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995 - McLean, United States
Duration: Mar 27 1995Mar 29 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings of the National Forum: Military Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995

Conference

Conference1995 National Forum: Military Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995
CountryUnited States
CityMcLean
Period3/27/953/29/95

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics

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    Macedonia, C., Patience, T., Maslow, A., & Kopelman, J. (1995). Low cost three-dimensional ultrasonographic imaging in a military Women's Health Center using the continuous linear acquisition method. In Proceedings of the National Forum: Military Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995 (pp. 149-155). [504548] (Proceedings of the National Forum: Military Telemedicine On-Line Today Research, Practice, and Opportunities, MTOL 1995). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/MTOL.1995.504548