Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/276986
Title:
Computer-aided analysis of medical infrared images
Author:
Ford, Ralph M. (Ralph Michael), 1965-
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Thermography is a useful tool for analyzing spinal nerve root irritation, but interpretation of digital infrared images is often qualitative and subjective. A new quantitative, computer-aided method for analyzing thermograms, utilizing the human dermatome map, is presented. Image processing and pattern recognition principles needed to accomplish this goal are discussed. Algorithms for segmentation, boundary detection and interpretation of thermograms are presented. An interactive, user-friendly program to perform this analysis has been developed. Due to the relatively large number of images in an exam, speed and simplicity were emphasized in algorithm development. The results obtained correlate well with clinical data and show promise for aiding the diagnosis of spinal nerve root irritation.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Infrared radiation in medicine.; Medical thermography.; Diagnostic imaging -- Data processing.; Imaging systems in medicine -- Data processing.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Strickland, Robin N.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleComputer-aided analysis of medical infrared imagesen_US
dc.creatorFord, Ralph M. (Ralph Michael), 1965-en_US
dc.contributor.authorFord, Ralph M. (Ralph Michael), 1965-en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThermography is a useful tool for analyzing spinal nerve root irritation, but interpretation of digital infrared images is often qualitative and subjective. A new quantitative, computer-aided method for analyzing thermograms, utilizing the human dermatome map, is presented. Image processing and pattern recognition principles needed to accomplish this goal are discussed. Algorithms for segmentation, boundary detection and interpretation of thermograms are presented. An interactive, user-friendly program to perform this analysis has been developed. Due to the relatively large number of images in an exam, speed and simplicity were emphasized in algorithm development. The results obtained correlate well with clinical data and show promise for aiding the diagnosis of spinal nerve root irritation.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectInfrared radiation in medicine.en_US
dc.subjectMedical thermography.en_US
dc.subjectDiagnostic imaging -- Data processing.en_US
dc.subjectImaging systems in medicine -- Data processing.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical and Computer Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorStrickland, Robin N.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1336683en_US
dc.identifier.oclc22684953en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17480498en_US
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