DOI

10.17077/etd.vdslt404

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2018

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Informatics

First Advisor

Hoffman, Eric A.

First Committee Member

Reinhardt, Joseph M.

Second Committee Member

Comellas, Alejandro

Abstract

An increase in the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the pulmonary arteries has been implicated in the progression of emphysema in COPD patients. Standardization of vessel size requires matching segments of the airway with their corresponding blood vessels. Automated matching is still error-prone, and manual matching by sifting through 2D slices is tedious and time-consuming. We propose a virtual reality (VR) system for the visualization of the airway and the vascular tree as a means of streamlining the verification of appropriate airway/vascular segment pairs selected for quantitation of arterial CSAs. In this work, we outline the technical specifications and design considerations and challenges for such system; we also compare user's performance on the proposed system with the conventional 2D method.

Keywords

airway to artery matching, Pulmonary Vascluature, Virtual Reality, radiology, x-rays

Pages

ix, 71 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-71).

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Mostafa Abdelraouf

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