Patent Number: 6,169,817

Title: System and method for 4D reconstruction and visualization

Abstract: From raw image data obtained through magnetic resonance imaging or the like, an object is reconstructed and visualized in four dimensions (both space and time) by first dividing the first image in the sequence of images into regions through statistical estimation of the mean value and variance of the image data and joining of picture elements (voxels) that are sufficiently similar and then extrapolating the regions to the remainder of the images by using known motion characteristics of components of the image (e.g., spring constants of muscles and tendons) to estimate the rigid and deformational motion of each region from image to image. The object and its regions can be rendered and interacted with in a four-dimensional virtual reality environment.

Inventors: Parker; Kevin J. (Rochester, NY), Totterman; Saara Marjatta Sofia (Rochester, NY), Tamez Pena; Jose (Rochester, NY)

Assignee: University of Rochester

International Classification: G06T 5/00 (20060101); G06K 009/36 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018