2/97 "Informatics in Medicine"
Guest editor: prof. A. Nowakowski, email@example.com
Technical University of Gdansk, Poland
J.Ruminski, A.Nowakowski, Advances of Medical Visualisation - abstract
R.Deklerck, A.Salomie, J.Cornelis, An Editor for 3D Medical Volume Images
M.Kocikowski, A.Polinski, A.Nowakowski, J.Wtorek, Problems of 3D reconstruction
and visualisation in EIT - abstract
D.Kozinska, K.Nowinski, A.Kolodziejak, R.Tarnecki, Integration of EEG
and MRI data of Individual Brain - abstract
R.J.Barczynski, A.Kubasik, Nonlinear Methods in Heart Rate Variability
R.Kalicka, Optimal Multicompartmental Experiment Design - abstract
R. Pawlowski, Population Genetics of the Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism
(AMPFL) and Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Type Systems in the Population of
Northern Poland (Gdansk Area) - abstract
J.Furmanski, R.Szczech, L.Znaniecki, M.Wroczynski, Brief Guide to Medical
Internet - abstract
From the History of Science and Technology in Ancient Gdansk
- J.Rumiñski, A.Nowakowski, Advances
of medical visualisation
In the paper the review of most commonly used techniques of medical visualisation
is presented. Both 2D and 3D medical visualisation problems are illustrated
with examples of our research. Especially remote visualisation (teleradiology)
with telematics tools is taken into consideration. This leads to underline
the role of networking in telediagnosis. The importance of application
of powerful computers and sophisticated software, supported by TASK, for
medical visualisation is emphasised. Some results of medical data and information
visualisation obtained in our Department are presented.
- R.Deklerck, A.Salomie, J.Cornelis,
An Editor for 3D Medical Volume Images
- An editor for 3D medical images is presented. It allows to visualide anatomical atlases as well as modality images. Objects are delineated slice by slice as a stack of contours edited on the basis of Catmull-Rom splines. The design concepts and the implementation of the editing features are discussed.
- M.Kocikowski, A.Polinski, A.Nowakowski,
J.Wtorek, Problems of 3D reconstruction and visualisation in EIT
In the paper different algorithms of electroimpedance tomography (EIT)
are presented. The properties of EIT are discussed. Problems of proper
modelling of measurement electrodes are introduced. Results obtained from
developed 3D reconstruction algorithm are presented. For practical reasons
the number of measurement electrodes should be increased. Measurement errors
should be small, to avoid amplifying them by reconstruction algorithm.
Assumed conductivity distribution for the first iteration should be as
close to the real one as possible. Reconstruction time (of absolute value
of conductivity) is still a problem for practical applications.
- D.Kozinska , K.Nowinski, A.Kolodziejak, Integration
of individual brain EEG and MRI information
Accurate spacial localization of areas of pathological activity in the
brain cortex is of great importance for studying processes of generation
and propagation of electrical signals in the brain both in research and
in clinic. This paper presents a method providing superposition of data
aquired in EEG or EP examination with a patientís cortical surface computed
from MR images. To integrate electrophysiological information with MRI-scanned
anatomy scalp electrodes are registered with the cortex surface using distance
based alignment technique. This approach is automatic and does not require
any external fiducial markers to be fixed on a patientís head. It uses
geometrical features derived from intrinsic image data to guide the alignment.
That is why the method easy to apply to numerous examinations in clinic.
Once data are registered, they are fused and rendered in 3D space as colour
surface maps. The usefulness of the method for neurological assessment
is demonstrated by presenting results of EEG and SEP studies performed
on two patients.
- R.J.Barczynski, A.Wawrenczuk, A.Kubasik,
Nonlinear Methods in Heart Rate Variability
In recent years, analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) has become common
tool for the prediction of cardiac mortality. The universal rule is that
a reduced variability is a signature for enhanced risk. However, the clinical
value of the usual methods (the calculation of averages, standard deviations
and variances of RR interval subsets, analysis of the power spectra in
frequency domain) is very limited: false positive results cut the positive
predictive value down to about 30%. We applied a few methods of determination
of complexity in deterministic chaos (commonly associated with nonlinear
dynamics) to 24 hour recordings of beat-to-beat heart-rate. It is likely
that analysis of HRV by the means of nonlinear dynamics may open a way
for a new classification of ventricular arrhythmias.
- R.Kalicka, Optimal Multicompartmental Experiment
Compartmental modelling of biomedical systems, devoted to e.g. optimal
therapy design, provides us with a compartmental system, the associated
set of differential equations, and a number of unknown parameters. We estimate
values of the unknown parameters so that we obtain a best fit of the model
input-output behaviour to the experimental data. If the fit is not
satisfactory, we remodel the structure of the system or/and reorganise
the experiment design, and re-estimate the parameters. This is an iterative
process, leading to the best model structure described with the most accurate
values of its parameters. For satisfactory solution of the problem of optimal
experiment design three co-operating computer programs are designed: MFIT,
OSSP and OIN. MFIT enables to choose the best from any reasonable model
functions. Reduced optimal sampling schedule (OSSP) and optimal input
signal (OIN) allow to get the most accurate parametersí value. They operate
on the basis of output files of MFIT. The final optimal experiment
design is obtained by repeating the procedures.
- R. Pawlowski, Population Genetics of
the Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AMPFL) and STR Type Systems
in the Population of Northern Poland (Gdañsk Area)
Paper presents results of the population studies of the VNTR polymorphic
systems of human DNA. DNA samples were taken from at least 106 unrelated
persons living in the Gdañsk area. DNA samples were subjected to
the PCR amplification and PCR products separated on polyacrylamide
gels. Allelic frequencies of three AMPFLPs systems and six STRs were calculated
and homogeneity of alleles distribution between Gdañsk and other
population samples was compared using G-statistics computer programme.
- J.Furmañski, R.Szczech, L.Znaniecki, M.Wroczynski,
Brief Guide to Medical Internet
Internet is a modern means of communication with a potentially great power of handling information. Nowadays, internet plays a crucial role in both medicine and health prevention.
Internet services prepared by medical journals and publishers play a vital role in postgraduate education of medical professionals. Huge databases like Medline or Cancerlite are the most powerful tool for obtaining data on publications for the majority of doctors at academic centers. Internet is used for medical education of the community and the prevention of common and avoidable diseases, such as hypertension or diabetes mellitus, in which such education may decrease the risk of falling ill and developing complications.
In the paper some medical internet addresses are listed and characterized.