Illustration-inspired depth enhanced volumetric medical visualization

N. A. Svakhine, D. S. Ebert, William M Andrews

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Abstract

Volume illustration can be used to provide insight into source data from CT/MRI scanners in much the same way as medical illustration depicts the important details of anatomical structures. As such, proven techniques used in medical illustration should be transferable to volume illustration, providing scientists with new tools to visualize their data. In recent years, a number of techniques have been developed to enhance the rendering pipeline and create illustrative effects similar to the ones found in medical textbooks and surgery manuals. Such effects usually highlight important features of the subject while subjugating its context and providing depth cues for correct perception. Inspired by traditional visual and line-drawing techniques found in medical illustration, we have developed a collection of fast algorithms for more effective emphasis/de-emphasis of data as well as conveyance of spatial relationships. Our techniques utilize effective outlining techniques and selective depth enhancement to provide perceptual cues of object importance as well as spatial relationships in volumetric datasets. Moreover, we have used illustration principles to effectively combine and adapt basic techniques so that they work together to provide consistent visual information and a uniform style.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4479459
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Magnetic resonance imaging
Surgery
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Keywords

  • Illustrative techniques
  • Interactive volume illustration
  • Nonphotorealistic rendering
  • Volume rendering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Illustration-inspired depth enhanced volumetric medical visualization. / Svakhine, N. A.; Ebert, D. S.; Andrews, William M.

In: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 15, No. 1, 4479459, 01.01.2009, p. 77-86.

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