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Pacific Medical Technology Symposium (1998)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 20, 1998
ISBN: 0-8186-8667-7
pp: 376
R. Barry Dydyk , Litton Data Systems
David T. Carrott , Litton Data Systems
Thomas M. Burke , Consultant, Medical Ultrasound
The domestic medical landscape is experiencing unprecedented change. Cost containment and resource consolidation pressures are forcing healthcare providers to turn to sources outside the medical community to improve the quality of care with existing medical resources. This paper introduces the concept of Medical Optical Signal Processing (MOSP) as a transitioning technology to enhance the capabilities of present and future medical imaging systems. In particular, the technology concentrates on detecting and identifying key pathologic features within two-dimensional medical imagery. Optical Signal Processing (OSP) technology has shown excellent signal-to-noise discriminations and pattern recognition rates of over 2,000 comparisons per second on various image types. For this paper, a brief overview of optical correlator fundamentals acquaints the reader with the technology. As part of the overview, a comparison of processing rates (operations per second) between traditional digital and new optical processing is presented. The core of the paper presents several optical processing research applications and discusses transitioning these methodologies to assist in the analysis of pathological features. The authors conclude that MOSP is the technology needed to improve the quality of care with existing medical resources.
optical correlator, ultrasound imagery, feature extraction, optical signal processing.

T. M. Burke, R. B. Dydyk and D. T. Carrott, "Medical Optical Signal Processing, Enhancing the Quality of Care for the 21st Century," Pacific Medical Technology Symposium(PACMEDTEK), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998, pp. 376.
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