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01-12-2014 | Stereoscopic 3D ‘can enhance analysis of brain images’

01 December 2014
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Epilepsy scientists studying brain imagery could benefit from the advent of visualisation techniques that take advantage of stereoscopic 3D technology.

A collaborative study between researchers in Chile, the US and Germany has examined the benefits of stereoscopic visualisation of clinical data, in comparison with traditional 3D rendering technique.

Effective visualisation is a core element in exploring and comprehending brain imaging data. Despite MRI data being acquired in three-dimensional space, current methods for visualising this information rarely takes advantage of 3D stereoscopic technologies.

However, this new study suggested such innovations can aid the intuitive description of exact locations and relative sizes of various brain landmarks, structures and lesions, and even facilitates comprehension of the anatomical position of complex large-scale functional connectivity patterns in some cases.

The researchers concluded: "Stereoscopic visualisation improves the intuitive visual comprehension of image contents and brings increased dimensionality to visualisation of traditional MRI data, as well as patterns of functional connectivity."

Brain imaging is a vital element of epilepsy research and diagnosis, due to the need to determine the exact part of the brain that is causing the patient's seizures where possible.

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