A book edited by Dr. Feng Dong, Dr. George Ghinea and Dr. Sherry Y. Chen,
Medical Visualization is an interdisciplinary area which involves a large number of diverse issues across computer and medical sciences. Currently, the vast majority of existing medical visualization techniques polarise their efforts on data modelling and rendering. Their target is to generate high quality photo-realistic images with a great deal of fine structure details, such as blood vessels, muscle fibres, etc. Such images convey significant visual information for applications such as computer aided diagnosis and virtual surgery, etc.† However, many of these works have put too much emphasis on producing decent images, while neglecting the human factors involved during a visualization process.
Previous experiences and examples have strongly suggested that simply using graphic techniques to display medical data may not provide adequate support for clinicians. As a new research trend, the interest in human factors within the medical visualization research community has been increasing over the last few years. Instead of simply generating high quality photo-realistic images, researchers have started to pay more attention to the human perspective. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting the strong need to study human factors as a basis for Medical Visualization design. Moreover, humanís perspective, thinking and interaction with images significantly affect their understanding of the information presented visually. As the ultimate goal of Medical Visualization is to accurately deliver clinical information for medical professionals, an effective visualization process should include users as an integral part of the course of action.
This book aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the area of human factors in Medical Visualization, covering a large number of issues both in Medical Visualization and in Human Computer Interaction. It will offer a valuable vision for a wide range of readers, providing insight into analytical and architectural aspects of user centred design for Medical Visualization, as well as demonstrating real world applications.
The book will be useful to professionals and academic researchers working in various areas, such as medical visualization, medical science, medical imaging, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, image processing, computer vision and industry. Moreover, it will provide a source of reference and a guide for students working on relevant projects.
∑ Virtual Reality in Medical Visualization
∑ Medical Visualization Systems
∑ Evaluation of Visualization Quality
∑ Modelling of Human Needs
∑ Investigation of User Perceptions
∑ Influence of Human Factors
Researchers and practitioners are invited to send on or before June 30, 2006, a completed author form with a 600-800 word manuscript proposal organized in sections as follows: aim, main methodology, results, and significance of the contribution. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by July 21, 2006 about the status of their proposals and be sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 15, 2006. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints. Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (MS-Word document format or RTF) to the editors.
Dr. Feng Dong
Department of Information Systems and Computing
Tel: +44 1895 267073
Fax: +44 1895 251686
Dr. George Ghinea
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 266033
Dr. Sherry Y. Chen
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 266023