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AUTOMATED THREE AND FOUR-DIMENSIONAL ULTRASOUND QUANTIFICATION AND SURVEILLANCE OF FREE FLUID IN BODY CAVITIES AND INTRAVASCULAR VOLUME
An embodiment of the invention provides a method to measure fluid within a body cavity where data is received with an interface (210), the data being received from an ultrasound transducer. A three-dimensional sonographic image is generated with an image generator (220) connected to the interface (210), the three-dimensional sonographic image being generated from the data from the ultrasound transducer. The body cavity is identified in the three-dimensional sonographic image with an image processor (230) connected to the image generator (220); and, an area of fluid in the body cavity in the three-dimensional sonographic image is identified with the image processor (230). The volume of the area of fluid is calculated using the three-dimensional sonographic image and a stacked crescents process, a spherical fill process, a convex hull process, and/or a triangulation process.
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