DRAFT -- Medical Working Group Charter
The Medical Working Group for X3D develops and demonstrates open interoperable standards for the representation of human anatomy based on a wide variety of imaging modalities. Appication areas include:
- Medical Modeling
- Surgical training
- Patient education
The technical focus is on:
- Representation of human anatomy in X3D
- Association of 2D images (from multiple modalities) with 3D skeletal structure with registration
- Extension of X3D to accommodate image textures in the context of a 3D anatomy model
The Medical Working Group is developing an open interoperable standard for the representation of human anatomy based on input from a wide variety of imaging modalities. This will allow manufacturers of imaging equipment to export an interoperable file format that can be used both by physicians and students on their desktop computers. Radiologists and physicians can give the patient CD-ROMS of their scans which they can view in the privacy of their homes. If a patient has undergone multiple types of scans (CAT, MRI, PET) these may all be viewed and registered giving the physician and patient a clearer view of the underlying issues. Researchers can take the exported data from many different types of equipment and fuse them into a coherent 3D data set that can be used both for patient education, diagnostics and surgical training.
The X3D Volume Component and Medical Profle is tightly focused on medical applications that can benefit from real time 3D visualization. These types of applications include medical modeling and simulation for research and education; 3D image rendering for planning and guiding surgical and nuclear medicine procedures; image fusion-the association of specific 2D images from multimodal (PET, CAT, MRI, Ultrasound) scans with one another or with existing 3D images of a given patient.
The Medical Working Group seeks to identify portions (subsets) of X3D that can be applied to electronic health records. The group identifies gaps in X3D that may be appropriate to fill with new specifications, and develops best practices and techniques for the application of X3D to these domains. In addition the group identifies specific areas of work in which group participants can contribute. When appropriate the group specifies changes and/or additions to X3D and assists the X3D Working Group to move those changes through the ISO process.
Specific tasks are determined by the working group as needed to meet the goals listed above. These may vary considerably over time. A listing of current tasks, including deliverables and timescales, is maintained on the community wiki web page and/or the Medical Working Group web page. Communication occurs via the Medical working group email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medical Working Group normally follows the Board of Directors approved Web3D Consortium Working Group practices defined on the Working Group Practices web page.
Meetings are held at as determined by members of the Medical Working Group and at their discretion. The date, time, and duration of the meetings are determined by the membership of the Working Group to not conflict with other Consortium activities. The working group normally appoints two co-chairs to lead the group.
The Medical Working Group is an open group, so that broad community engagement is possible. All participants (member or not), must sign the Web3D IPR policy. The consortium has a “Community” member status, which is for non-paying members. We suggest using this mechanism for participation for non-members. Any member of the Consortium may attend any Medical Working Group meeting. Any member of the Consortium may join the Medical Working Group by becoming a member of the Medical Working Group Mailing list and regularly attending the Working Group meetings. Any member of the Working Group may, at their own discretion stop being a member of the Working Group. Regular participants are listed in the minutes of the meeting.
Regular participation in Medical Working Group activities is restricted to Web3D Consortium members. Non-member participants may be invited to participate in specific and limited working group activities. Working group discussions occur on the email@example.com mailing list (subscribe). Public inquiries are welcome, either on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list (subscribe) or else directly to the Working Group co-chairs
Dependencies and Liaisons
- The Medical Working Group provides official liaison representation to DICOM
- The Medical Working Group shall not enter into external dependencies that are not previously approved by the Web3D Consortium.
Agenda and minutes are available to Working Group members, and are published in the Medical Working Group members mailing list. At the discretion of the Working Group, selected portions of the minutes of the meetings may be published in a public area (web site, public mailing list, etc.) The chair(s) of the Medical Working Group are responsible for publication of the minutes.
This charter was approved by the Web3D Consortium Board of Directors on TODO: ADD DATE WHEN APPROVED.