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Patent Issued for Method and Apparatus for Displaying Image Showing Object (USPTO 10013768)

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07/12/2018 | 11:47pm CEST

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Diabetes Week -- Samsung Medison Co. Ltd. (Hongcheon-gun, KR) has been issued patent number 10013768, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx editors (see also Samsung Medison Co. Ltd.).

The patent's inventors are Park, Sung-wook (Hongcheon-gun, KR); Lee, Jin-yong (Hongcheon-gun, KR); Chang, Hyuk-jae (Seoul, KR); Chung, Namsik (Seoul, KR); Hong, Geu-ru (Seoul, KR); Shim, Chi-young (Seoul, KR); Yoon, Ji-hyun (Seoul, KR); Cho, In-jeong (Seoul, KR); Heo, Ran (Seoul, KR).

This patent was filed on March 28, 2016 and was published online on July 3, 2018.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for displaying an image showing an object.

"Ultrasound diagnosis apparatuses transmit ultrasound signals generated by transducers of a probe to an object and receive echo signals reflected from the object, thereby obtaining at least one image of an internal part of the object (e.g., soft tissues or blood flow). In particular, ultrasound diagnosis apparatuses are used for medical purposes including observation of the interior of an object, detection of foreign substances, and diagnosis of damage to the object. Such ultrasound diagnosis apparatuses provide high stability, display images in real time, and are safe due to the lack of radioactive exposure, compared to X-ray apparatuses. Therefore, ultrasound diagnosis apparatuses are widely used together with other image diagnosis apparatuses including a computed tomography (CT) apparatus, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus, and the like.

"However, users may often have difficulty in manipulating a three-dimensional (3D) image provided by an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus. In other words, when using an operation function provided by the ultrasound diagnosis apparatus to observe a 3D image at different angles or obtain a two-dimensional (2D) cross-sectional image, users frequently experience inconvenience related to the use of the operation function."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, NewsRx reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Provided are methods and apparatuses for displaying an image showing an object.

"Provided are non-transitory computer-readable recording media having recorded thereon programs for executing the methods of displaying an image showing an object on a computer.

"Additional aspects will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the presented exemplary embodiments

"According to an aspect of an exemplary embodiment, a method of displaying an image showing an object includes: displaying a model corresponding to the object; receiving a user input for selecting, from the model, a region of interest (ROI) included in the object; and displaying an image showing the ROI based on the user input.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for selecting two different points in the model, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to a vector between the two different points.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for selecting two different points in the model, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to a normal vector. The normal vector may include a normal vector that is orthogonal to a vector between the two different points.

"The method may further include receiving a user input for changing a position of at least one of the vector between the two different points and the normal vector, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to the at least one of the vector and the normal vector whose position has been changed.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for selecting one of a plurality of circles depicted on the model, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to the selected circle.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for selecting a point in the model, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to a vector between the selected point and a central point of the model.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for selecting one of a plurality of segments into which the model is partitioned, and the displaying of the image showing the ROI may include displaying the image showing the ROI corresponding to the selected segment.

"The receiving of the user input may include receiving a user input for designating an angle corresponding to the ROI.

"The method may further include receiving a user input for requesting enlargement or reduction of a shape of the ROI in the displayed image and displaying an image showing the ROI whose shape has been enlarged or reduced based on the user input.

"The object may include an internal organ, and the model may include a two-dimensional (2D) image showing the internal organ.

"The image showing the ROI may include a 2D image or a three-dimensional (3D) image.

"According to an aspect of another exemplary embodiment, a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium includes a recording medium having recorded thereon a program for executing the above method on a computer.

"According to an aspect of another exemplary embodiment, an apparatus for displaying an image showing an object includes: a display configured to display a model corresponding to the object; an input unit configured to receive a user input for selecting, from the model, an ROI included in the object; and an image processor configured to generate an image showing the ROI based on the user input, wherein the display displays the generated image.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting two different points in the model, and the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to a vector between the two different points.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting two different points in the model, the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to a normal vector, and the normal vector may include a normal vector that is orthogonal to a vector between the two different points.

"The input unit may receive a user input for changing a position of at least one of the vector between the two different points and the normal vector, and the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to the at least one of the vector and the normal vector whose position has been changed.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting one of a plurality of circles depicted on the model, and the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to the selected circle.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting a point in the model, and the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to a vector between the selected point and a central point of the model.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting a point in the model, and the image processor may generate an image showing the ROI corresponding to a normal vector. The normal vector may include a normal vector that is orthogonal to a vector between the selected point and a central point of the model.

"The input unit may receive a user input for selecting one of a plurality of segments into which the model is partitioned, and the image processor may generate the image showing the ROI corresponding to the selected segment.

"The input unit may receive a user input for designating an angle corresponding to the ROI.

"The input unit may receive a user input for requesting enlargement or reduction of a shape of the ROI in the displayed image, and the image processor may generate an image showing the ROI whose shape has been enlarged or reduced based on the user input.

"The object may include an internal organ, and the model may include a 2D image showing the internal organ.

"The image showing the ROI may include a 2D or 3D image."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Park, Sung-wook; Lee, Jin-yong; Chang, Hyuk-jae; Chung, Namsik; Hong, Geu-ru; Shim, Chi-young; Yoon, Ji-hyun; Cho, In-jeong; Heo, Ran. Method and Apparatus for Displaying Image Showing Object. U.S. Patent Number 10013768, filed March 28, 2016, and published online on July 3, 2018. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=10013768.PN.&OS=PN/10013768RS=PN/10013768

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Business, South Korea, Samsung Medison Co. Ltd., Diagnostics and Screening.

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2018, NewsRx LLC

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