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CT Atlas of Pediatric Temporal Bone

How to Use

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Introduction

To start the program:

You can start the program from the Start menu, in the Programs folder, under TemporalBone Atlas. Alternatively, you can run the program by opening up the atlas folder and clicking on the file TemporalBoneAtlas.exe. You can place a shortcut on the desktop for ease of starting the program.

By default the atlas opens in Compare Mode (Multiple patients, Single series). The first five series are a normal patient with structures not labeled (case one), and labeled (cases two through five). You can also use the atlas in Case Mode (Single patient, Multiple series), which shows a series in each viewing window for a selected patient in the Standard List.

Compare mode should look something like this:

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Case mode should look something like this:

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The box below the menubar contains the list of cases/patients. The highlighted cases/patients are the ones currently assigned to the viewing windows. You can click any case in the list to start with a new set of cases in the viewing windows, or you can click the forward and reverse arrows in the first viewing window to move through the cases.

To scroll forwards or backwards through a given series, left-click a window and hold the left mouse button as you move the mouse up or down.

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Hold down the right mouse button to select a different series to place in a viewing window. By default, all appropriately linked windows will scroll at the same time as the window you scroll. If you want to unlink or re-link the image scrolling, go into the Options menu and check or uncheck the Link Image Sets When Scrolling option.

Menubar Controls

The Checked Only list adds checkboxes next to the Standard List cases. This allows you to customize exactly which cases are to be viewed. In this mode, only the checked cases will be shown in the viewing windows. For example:

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Mode selection:

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The initial display mode is Compare Mode. You can change the display mode by clicking Compare Mode on the menubar and then selecting one of the three options that appear. It will then change the menu title to the newly selected option.

Compare Mode allows you to compare the same series over multiple patients. If you right-click on a viewing window and select a series, the program will open that series for all of the selected patients. Only one series can be shown at a time in compare mode. To scroll forwards or backwards through a series, left-click a window and hold the left mouse button as you move the mouse up or down.

Case Mode allows you to compare multiple series of a single patient. Only one patient will be selected at a time (the default is the patient in the upper left window). You must right-click each viewing window to load different series for the selected patient. Changing the selected patient will change all the viewing windows and load the selected series for the new patient.

Sheet Mode allows you to view one series from one patient in detail. It opens the series currently residing in the first viewing window into an array viewing mode simulating a printed sheet of film.

Comment selection:

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The image sets have comments associated with them. Some comments apply to every image for a given case/patient, while other comments are specific for a given series or even a single image. There are three modes for viewing comments, which you can change from the comments menu ("No Comments" by default).

No Comments: No comments shown.

Show Single Image Comments: When you move the mouse over an image, any comments associated with the image will pop up and be shown.

Show All Image Comments: A small comment window will pop up at the bottom of every image window and stay visible, showing the comments associated with each window's image.

Show Whole Comments Only: Only the Hx, Dx, and report fields will show comments.

Options:

Preset Levels: This option is used for preset levels for CT and MR cases and is not used in this module.

Scrolling Through Series: To scroll through a series, left-click a window and hold the left mouse button as you move the mouse up or down. This will scroll forwards or backwards through the series. If the series are linked, as they are by default, then all appropriately linked windows will scroll at the same time as the viewing window you scroll. If you want to unlink or re-link the image scrolling, go into the Options menu and uncheck or check the Link Image Sets When Scrolling option.

Alternate List Names: Cases that are not part of the normal have more than one name so that they can be viewed as known or unknown. This option allows toggling between the two names.

Window selection:

The viewing windows start out as a 3x2 array. Also note the two small arrow buttons in the lower right hand corner of the upper-left-most window. These buttons allow you to cycle forwards and backwards through the case list without having to manually click the case list. You load series into the viewing windows by right-clicking within a viewing window and selecting a series. However, be aware that there are three different modes that will affect the behavior of the viewing windows.

To change the layout of the viewing windows, left-click the Window: 3x2 menu option. This will pop up a small window with a 5x5 grid that looks like this:

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Move the mouse around on the grid to select the new window arrangement layout that you want, and then click it. The viewing windows will rearrange themselves and load the appropriate series automatically.

Please email Angelisa Paladin with any questions or comments.