Special Evening Talk

Chair: Koji Koyamada
18:00-19:00, March 4, 2008.

Three-Dimensional Virtual Colonoscopy

Arie E. Kaufman
Distinguished Professor & Chair, Computer Science Department
Director, Center for Visual Computing
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, USA

Arie E. Kaufman This talk will introduce the 3D virtual colonoscopy (VC), which is a combination of computed tomography (CT) scanning and volume visualization technology. VC is poised to become the procedure of choice in lieu of the conventional optical colonoscopy for mass screening for colon polyps - the precursor of colorectal cancer. The patient abdomen is imaged by a helical CT scanner during a 40-second single-breath-hold. A 3D model of the colon is then reconstructed from the CT scan by automatically segmenting the colon out of the rest of the abdomen and employing an "electronic cleansing" algorithm for computer-based removal of the residual material. The visualization software allows the physician to interactively navigate through the colon using volume rendering. An intuitive user interface with customized tools supports 3D measurements, "virtual biopsy" to inspect suspicious regions and "painting" to help in visualizing 100% of the colon surface. Unlike conventional optical colonoscopy, VC is patient friendly, fast, non-invasive, more accurate, cost-effective procedure for mass screening of colon polyps. The talk further discusses a novel pipeline of computer-aided detection (CAD) of colonic polyps, complementing VC. Our CAD pipeline automatically detects polyps by integrating volume rendering, conformal colon flattening, and clustering, with texture and shape analysis.

Arie E. Kaufman is the Chairman of the Computer Science Department, the Director of the Center of Visual Computing (CVC), Chief Scientist of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Radiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Kaufman has conducted research for over 35 years in computer graphics, visualization, user interfaces, virtual reality, and multimedia and their applications especially in biomedicine. He is a Fellow of IEEE and the recipient of the IEEE Visualization Career Award (2005). He further received the IEEE Outstanding Contribution Award (1995), ACM Service Award (1998), IEEE CS Meritorious Service Award (1999), member of the European Academy of Sciences (since 2002), State of New York Entrepreneur Award (2002), IEEE Harold Wheeler Award (2004), and State of New York Innovative Research Award (2005). Kaufman was the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 1995-1998. He has been the co-founder, papers/program co-chair, and member of the steering committee of IEEE Visualization Conferences; co-founder/chair of Volume Graphics Workshops; co-Chair for Eurographics/SIGGRAPH Graphics Hardware Workshops, the Papers/Program co-Chair for ACM Volume Visualization Symposia. He previously chaired and is currently a director of IEEE CS Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics (vgtc). He received a BS in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in 1969, an MS in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, in 1973, and a PhD in Computer Science from the Ben-Gurion University, Israel, in 1977.