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3D Navigation for Real-Time MRI using Six Degree of Freedom Interaction Devices
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Real-time MRI scanning is used to visualize tissue and organs in motion. The real-time approach requires new interaction techniques to facilitate interaction with the scanning plane. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the use of input with six degrees of freedom – 6DOF. An overview over existing 6DOF input devices is given. Three devices are chosen for implementation and evaluation, Flock of Birds, SpaceBall and SpaceMouse.

A simulator application is developed to test the different input devices. The simulator purpose is to imitate the real-time scanning situation. To be able to evaluate speed andaccuracy of the different interaction techniques, methods for measuring time and error are developed. A statistical survey is done on two different tasks to gather data of the interaction. The data is analyzed and the result is that the test subjects find the SpaceMouse superior to the other devices thanks to its kinesthetic feed-back properties and ergonomic benefits. However, the statistical data shows that Flock of Birds is the fastest device and no great difference is showed in accuracy between Flock of Birds and SpaceMouse. SpaceBall was the device that generated the least satisfying data.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap , 2003. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Datorteknik, 3D Navigation, Interaction, Six degrees of Freedom, 6DOF, Real-Time MRI, Tracking, VR
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Computer Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2280ISRN: LITH-ITN-MT-EX--03/022--SEOAI: diva2:19610
Available from: 2004-03-30 Created: 2004-03-30

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