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CAT scanning, or why these days I glow in the dark [Nov. 22nd, 2006|06:22 pm]
Mikolaj Habryn
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A couple of weeks back I had a CAT scan done of my head for the benefit of the surgeon whom we'll be visiting in Melbourne at the end of next week. Being me, I demanded the data on CD.

I should note that endearing one's self to chief radiologists is quite simply - all you have to do is stop dead when you walk into the room, gaze admiringly for a few seconds, and then turn to them and say "I've been waiting all my life to be fed through a giant donut-shaped machine."

Anyway, it was all lots of fun (except for dealing with said surgeon's administrative staff in Melbourne who appear to be taking it as a mission to project a supercilious and unhelpful image of the clinic), and now that we have a working computer with a CD drive again, I have the data.

The actual CAT slices need some massaging with a script, but the 3D reconstructions are plain images. Which leads to me the important question for the viewing audience - which of these should I use as an LJ usericon?

Poll #873160 Best usericon candidate?

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[User Picture]From: dunq
2006-11-22 07:41 am (UTC)
Boringly predictably, this one actually looks like you. But I prefer looking at Mansun making a foray into wine appreciation.

My first thought was, are you getting brain surgery?? But then I read the linked post :-) (I should have guessed).
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[User Picture]From: anxiolytic
2006-11-22 08:10 am (UTC)
Definitely the last one. Look at all those little bones and/or protrusion!
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 08:25 am (UTC)
Maybe I have worms... bone worms...
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[User Picture]From: alibaster
2006-11-22 08:16 am (UTC)
I like the first one. It has a leering Jack-Sparrowesque quality too it I find appealing.
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 08:30 am (UTC)
The tragus rings that I was completely unable to remove add to the piratical air, too. I just need a CAT-scanned parrot for extra verisimilitude.
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[User Picture]From: nerdi
2006-11-22 08:17 am (UTC)
Gosh. CAT scans have gotten cooler since I got one.
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 08:31 am (UTC)
Where's your pictures? Put them online!
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 08:32 am (UTC)
I should add that this isn't the actual CAT scan per se, which comes in some standard medical image format that I haven't gotten around to processing yet. This is just the reconstructive stuff that they may not have done for yours...?
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[User Picture]From: nerdi
2006-11-22 08:46 am (UTC)
Mine are just standard x-ray looking things. I got them about 9 years ago. They were pics of my brain, not of my scull.

I had plans to make a light-box coffee table and put them on top tho :)
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 08:47 am (UTC)
Can you see the lenses inside your eyeballs? That's currently my favourite bit :)
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[User Picture]From: sweetypie_die
2006-11-22 09:33 am (UTC)
but... I like your face.
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From: David Adam <zanchey> [typekey.com]
2006-11-22 10:19 am (UTC)
You might consider OsiriX for Mac OS X to reconstruct the standard images, if they're in DICOM format.
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[User Picture]From: dichro
2006-11-22 10:26 am (UTC)
They are indeed! I was just going to use Image::ExifTool::DICOM, but haven't really looked around yet. It's a 64-slice scanner (apparently this is good, but what do I know) which has generated a large number of files, so I'm inclined towards using something scriptable for the extraction.

The actual image contents of the file are a lossless JPEG flavour according to embedded strings, so I figure I have a reasonable shot at transforming them with standard tools.
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[User Picture]From: sainted_aunt
2006-11-22 01:33 pm (UTC)

3d modelling

Would you like to email Clint, Ians' son, who is a 3D animator & modeller? he read your post, but was a little confused as to what you wanted to do, his email address is; vivifyer@westnet.com.au
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From: barnes
2006-11-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
I voted for the one with "skin". Most people would have to paint some eyebrows onto theirs to make it look like them - yours is a great match already.

Failing that, how about an animation between that and the skull shot of similar pose?
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[User Picture]From: ducts
2006-11-22 06:31 pm (UTC)
Failing that, how about an animation between that and the skull shot of similar pose?

Sounds intriguing.
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