Trans-urethral ultrasound (TUUS) imaging for visualization and analysis of the prostate and associated tissues

David R. Holmes, Richard Robb

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8 Scopus citations


The incidence of prostate disease is high. However, accurate assessment of pathological conditions is still difficult. Although CT, MRI, and TRUS imaging methods provide useful information, each has specific drawbacks. Our work examines the potential and utility of 3D trans-urethral ultrasound (TUUS) for improved imaging of the prostate. Four normal canines were examined with TUUS. The catheter was placed in the urethra and used to image the prostate, rectum, bladder, ureter, neuro-vascular bundles, arteries, and surrounding tissue. 2D and 3D datasets were acquired and digitized. The 2D data provides useful visualization of the tissue. The clinician was also able to watch urine enter the bladder and perform a digital rectal exam in real-time. 3D data visualization required torodial reconstruction. The algorithm was optimized to provide very fast 3D reconstructions of the prostate. Segmentation of the data proved challenging, but 3D visualization, including volume rendered data and surface rendered data, were well accepted by clinicians. Clinicians and researchers determined a number of potential applications of these new techniques, including: prostate cancer diagnosis and staging, assessment of Benign Nodular Enlargement, assessment of physiologic function of the bladder, evaluation of morphologic properties of the prostate, and image guided biopsy and therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 2000 - Envisioning Healing
Subtitle of host publicationInteractive Technology and the Patient-Practitioner Dialogue
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1586030140, 9781586030148
StatePublished - 2000
Event8th Annual Meeting of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 2000 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 27 2000Jan 30 2000

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other8th Annual Meeting of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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