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  • Synopsis of 3D MR/CT Reconstruction Software

    I posted a message a few weeks ago attempting to find some (hopefully)
    free software to perform 3D volume reconstruction of MR/CT slices.
    Unfortunately, I had more people wanting to know the answer than those
    that actually knew the answer. However, here's the response that I got:

    ================================================== ====================
    Subject:
    3D Reconstruction - CT
    Date:
    Tue, 25 Aug 1998 15:49:58 -0700 (PDT)
    From:
    "A. Berman"
    To:
    reina@nsi.edu

    Dr. Reina,

    I have been attempting to find similar software for my graduate work
    dealing with aortic aneurysm mechanics. One site you should check out
    is
    at Cornell: http://users.infohouse.com/amiller/home.htm , and another
    is
    http://www.ablesw.com/3d-doctor/ which offers a trial version of a
    commercial package.
    A great summary page of available software can be found at
    http://biocomp.stanford.edu/3dreconstruction/index.html ...some are
    free,
    some are not.
    Though the elaborate commercial packages offer the most reconstruction
    power, they also cost the most $$$$. www.materialise.com is another
    site
    worth checking out, at least for the trial version of their software.

    Hope this helps,

    Adam Berman

    Div. Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Dept. Bioengineering
    Box 356310
    University of Washinton
    1959 NE Pacific St.
    Seattle, WA 98195

    --

    I tried the 3d-doctor software and was able to import some MR images
    from a GE MR scanner. I was unable, however, to figure out how to take
    those slices and make a simple 3D volume rendering.

    The web site at stanford
    http://biocomp.stanford.edu/3dreconstruction/index.html
    has a very good compilation of both free and commercial software.
    Unfortunately, most of the good medical imaging software is expensive
    (~$10,000 - 30,000 plus a few thousand a year for support). We only need
    to use the program 2-3 times per year, so it is not very advantageous to
    purchase commercial software.

    Another factor is considering how easy it is to import your scans into
    the program. I have found none of the programs which I have used will
    directly support the GE MR scanner format. Instead, I have to tell the
    program what the raw files look like (header size, number of bytes per
    voxel, etc). Plus, each program does this in a way probably intuitive
    for the programmer but non-intuitive for the user.

    Finally, many of the programs that I have tried do not have a built-in
    print command. With all of these "pretty pictures" it would be nice to
    directly output the image to a color printer. In most cases, I was
    forced to save the image as a JPEG or raster or BMP file and then import
    it into Corel or Hiijack and print it there.

    All of the rest of the responses were requests for a list of the
    responses I received to the original message.

    If anyone has anything more information, I'd be greatful to hear from
    you. Although, the answer may be that no free software exists for this
    specific purpose.

    Thanks.

    -Tony Reina

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