Postprint version. Published in Proceedings of the First Conference on Visualization in Biomedical Computing: Atlanta, GA, May 22, 1990, pages 208-215.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Erika Rogers was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This paper describes the Observation Phase of a research project that is designed to explore the nature of visual radiological diagnosis. It is concerned with the collection and analysis of visual protocol data in an effort to determine the salient image features that may impact on the different stages of the diagnostic process, both perceptual and cognitive. These features, once identified, will lead to the formulation of image enhancement hypotheses and the development of knowledge-based visualization techniques to assist the radiological diagnostic process.