The use of a novel class of image processing hardware, the image computer, is illustrated by application to gated cardiac studies. Digital filtering of a nine-view study consisting of 144 frames, each 64 × 64 pixels in size, is performed using the Wiener filter. During image display the operator can change the filter parameters. Refiltering is then performed essentially instantaneously, permitting truly interactive filter selection. Comparable digital filtering using a fast conventional computer and display hardware is shown to be too slow to permit interactive filter modification. Image computers incorporate very large image memories with very tightly coupled, fast arithmetic processors and video display devices and allow very computation-intensive calculations to be performed interactively.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Computer Science Applications
- Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology