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Application of a Configurable Custom Computing Machine for Artery Extraction Filtering of 3D MRI Data

de Boer, Alte



Abstract: An existing software algorithm for a three dimensional filter has been converted to a logic circuit, which was implemented on a configurable custom computing machine, Teramac. For this process a program was written that generates the hardware description of the filter according to filter parameters. The implemented algorithm was a three dimensional filter that will extract the artery structure from three dimensional medical data like MRI. The design is implemented on 1/16 of a Teramac machine and outperformed the software algorithm on an HP735 workstation by a factor of four. Designs for 1/2 Teramac are expected to run at more than 100 times the speed of a workstation.

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