Scalable, high-performance 3D imaging software platform: System architecture and application to virtual colonoscopy

H. Yoshida, Yin Wu, Wenli Cai, B. Brett
<span title="">2012</span> <i title="IEEE"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society</a> </i> &nbsp;
One of the key challenges in three-dimensional (3D) medical imaging is to enable the fast turn-around time, which is often required for interactive or real-time response. This inevitably requires not only high computational power but also high memory bandwidth due to the massive amount of data that need to be processed. In this work, we have developed a software platform that is designed to support high-performance 3D medical image processing for a wide range of applications using increasingly
more &raquo; ... vailable and affordable commodity computing systems: multi-core, clusters, and cloud computing systems. To achieve scalable, high-performance computing, our platform (1) employs size-adaptive, distributable block volumes as a core data structure for efficient parallelization of a wide range of 3D image processing algorithms; (2) supports task scheduling for efficient load distribution and balancing; and (3) consists of a layered parallel software libraries that allow a wide range of medical applications to share the same functionalities. We evaluated the performance of our platform by applying it to an electronic cleansing system in virtual colonoscopy, with initial experimental results showing a 10 times performance improvement on an 8-core workstation over the original sequential implementation of the system.
<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="">doi:10.1109/embc.2012.6346842</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmid:23366803</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmcid:PMC3641570</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">fatcat:daiulmn3zzdfljsxtsn5tvem4a</a> </span>
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