Automated system and a method for organizing, presenting, and manipulating medical images

  • US 5,452,416 A
  • Filed: 12/30/1992
  • Issued: 09/19/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for presenting images of anatomical structure for examination by a diagnosing physician, including:

  • means including one or more display monitors for displaying at least one display container including a display area subdivided into a plurality of presentation areas in a predetermined array;

    means for storing an image database including a plurality of images of anatomical structures, the images being separated into a plurality of image groups, in which;

    each image group is indexed by a unique group identification; and

    each image group is partitioned into one or more ordered image series, each ordered image series including a succession of images which illustrate incrementally registered aspects of an anatomical target, each image series being ordered by assignment to each image in the image series of a numerical position in a respective monotonically changing sequence; and

    physician data tables are stored with indexes to unique group identifications and to physician identifiers and including entries specifying output functions and displaying formats;

    means for receiving a physician identifier;

    means for receiving a group identification;

    means connected to the means for receiving, to the means for storing an image database and to the means for displaying at least one display container and responsive to a physician identification and to a group identification for retrieving at least one image series of an image group indexed by the group identification and for displaying the at least one image series in one or more presentation areas of the plurality of presentation areas in a display format contained in the physician data tables; and

    means for providing an output from the system according to an output function specified in the physician data tables.

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