Natural interactions for medical image analysis

Interaction-Design Master Thesis

Nexight (Final Design)

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Nexight is the name of a the final design for my Master Thesis in Interaction Design at Umea Institute of Design, Sweden. Nexight is a design concept for the radiologist reading room. My idea was to bring the so called Natural Interactions to the radiology department.


The Nexight system combines ideas for 3 directions in radiology I identified in the research phase of this project (see research conclusions here). There is a multitouch screen that controls images on a big high resolution screen. You can also browse the (future) wordwide-healthcare-network with this touchscreen – connect to other radiologists, share and compare knowledge.

Here is an animation of the user interface (you should check out the HighDefinition version to see all details of the interface)

During your analysis you mark and annotate areas and volumes in the images. After you sign the report you can choose to print out a real size 3D print of marked volumes or tissue groups. These 3D prints provide a very natural way to look and dicuss your findings. Nexight provides a 3D interface that recognizes these 3D prints and let you and the surgeons view an digital augmented visualization of the print.

Here is a demonstration of the working prototype I’ve built for the 3D interface. (also see detailed description of the prototype)

This last video is the 40 minute presentation I gave at the Institute. I am explaining my progress during this 4.5 month project and also show and explain the final design.

If you are really interested, there is a detailed 70 page report I wrote during th project. you can download the report here.


Written by Jannes

May 31, 2009 at 17:10

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  1. […] With computing power continuing to follow Moore’s Law, and new forms of Human Interaction Devices becoming mainstream (read: cheaper), different ways to present Radiographic imagery and diagnostic ‘experience’ are being developed by both academia and vendors. I’ve been a little sceptical about the benefits that may be achieved with multi-touch screens like iPhone and Microsoft Surface, although there’s a nice Radiology-specific proof-of-concept here. […]

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