Optical computers for the video-rate reconstruction of medical images

A. F. Gmitro, V. Tresp, Y. Chen, G. R. Gindi

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In both computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, continuous video-rate data acquisition, with retrospective cine-mode viewing of the reconstructed image sequence, is possible. With video-rate image reconstruction, a videographic capability for these imaging modalities is achieved, whereby dynamic events within the human body can be viewed in real-time. The computational requirement of real-time image reconstruction is extreme and has not been demonstrated to date using conventional digital-electronic circuitry. The high degree of parallelism of analog optical computers can be exploited to achieve very high computational rates and accomplish the goal of video-rate reconstruction of these medical images. Systems for CT and MR image reconstruction are described, results are presented, and performance of the systems is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-106
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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