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Computerized apparatus and method for displaying X-rays and the like for radiological analysis including image shift

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

Steven Glenn Wineke, Valmore Wilhelm Albrecht

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A computer apparatus and method for displaying radiological data such as X-rays, CT scans and other similar anatomical sequences in combination with other modalities such as plane views provides functionality which very closely resembles a standard radiological light board. Basic manipulations which occur at the light board by a radiologist or other medical personnel are closely emulated in function to allow medical personnel to stay focused directly on the anatomical images and thereby avoid the distraction and frustration of visually departing from the image in order to accomplish these basic functions. A display monitor screen includes image containers, and a button to activate an image shift feature. When the image shift feature is activated, a technologist uses the mouse cursor to select an image. Then, with a convenient drag-and-drop operation, the technologist is able to switch the image with another image in the displayed study.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention, one having the capability to rearrange images.

FIGS. 2

a and

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b illustrate the preferred embodiment apparatus during sequential steps of the rearrangement method in accord with the teachings of the present invention.

FIG. 3 illustrates the general steps of the preferred embodiment rearrangement method in accord with the invention.

Claims

1. A computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data in the form of images that vary in type and preferred display formats which allows an operator to stay visually focused on a display monitor where said images are displayed, and also provides said operator with a maximum display area for said images, comprising:

2. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 1, wherein said first operator input is a left mouse button down signal accompanied by a mouse movement.

3. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 2, wherein said cursor further comprises an additional icon representing an activation of said first operator input.

4. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 1, wherein said second graphical container is checked for a presence of said second one of said images prior to displaying said first one of said images.

5. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 4, wherein said second one of said images is moved to said first graphical container responsive to said dropping of said first one of said images into said second graphical container.

6. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 1, wherein said first and second graphical containers are enlarged responsive to said activation of said rearrange display.

7. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 1, further comprising:

8. The computerized apparatus for displaying radiological anatomical data of claim 1, wherein said first and second data fields further comprise DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard image number fields.

9. A method for displaying and rearranging a variable number of radiological images on a computer screen where a user may directly activate common functions and capabilities without accessing additional screen pages or pull down menus, and wherein images may shifted from a first viewing order to a second viewing order for subsequent viewing sessions different from said first viewing order, comprising the steps of:

10. The method for displaying a variable number of radiological images on a computer screen of claim 9, wherein said step of displaying further comprises displaying an outline on said screen which delineates regions where said variable number of radiological images will be displayed.

11. The method for displaying a variable number of radiological images on a computer screen of claim 9, further comprising an image sequencing button for sequentially displaying said images within said first image display region.

12. The method for displaying a variable number of radiological images on a computer screen of claim 9, wherein said step of assigning said second data item further comprises altering a DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard image sequence data field associated with said radiological images.

13. A radiological image display apparatus for displaying at least one stored image sequence which closely emulates actions required of a technologist in arranging film images on a view board by having direct and within the image cursor activation of view board functions and capabilities, comprising the combination of:

14. The radiological image display apparatus of claim 13, further comprising a means for filling said display screen with a first two of said plurality of radiological images responsive to said enabling of said cursor image sequence rearrangement function.

15. The radiological image display apparatus of claim 14, further comprising a means for disabling said cursor image sequence rearrangement function while simultaneously enabling said other cursor control functions.

16. The radiological image display apparatus of claim 13, wherein said image sequence rearrangement comprises a mouse drag and drop.

17. The radiological image display apparatus of claim 13, wherein said second sequential pattern designator further comprises DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard image number fields.