Integrating Volume Visualization Techniques Into Medical Applications

Stefan Bruckner, Peter Kohlmann, Armin Kanitsar, Meister Eduard Gröller
Integrating Volume Visualization Techniques Into Medical Applications
In Proceedings of 5th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro, pages 820-823. May 2008.
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One of the main obstacles in integrating 3D volume visualization in the clinical workflow is the time-consuming process of adjusting parameters such as viewpoint, transfer functions, and clipping planes required to generate a diagnostically relevant image. Current applications therefore make scarce use of volume rendering and instead primarily employ 2D views generated through standard techniques such as multi-planar reconstruction (MPR). However, in many cases 3D renditions can supply additional useful information. This paper discusses ongoing work which aims to improve the integration of 3D visualization into the diagnostic workflow by automatically generating meaningful renditions based on minimal user interaction. A method for automatically generating 3D views for structures in 2D slices based on a single picking interaction is presented.

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@inproceedings{bruckner-2008-IVV,
  title =      "Integrating Volume Visualization Techniques Into Medical
               Applications",
  author =     "Stefan Bruckner and Peter Kohlmann and Armin Kanitsar and
               Meister Eduard Gr{\"o}ller",
  year =       "2008",
  abstract =   "One of the main obstacles in integrating 3D volume
               visualization in the clinical workflow is the time-consuming
               process of adjusting parameters such as viewpoint, transfer
               functions, and clipping planes required to generate a
               diagnostically relevant image. Current applications
               therefore make scarce use of volume rendering and instead
               primarily employ 2D views generated through standard
               techniques such as multi-planar reconstruction (MPR).
               However, in many cases 3D renditions can supply additional
               useful information. This paper discusses ongoing work which
               aims to improve the integration of 3D visualization into the
               diagnostic workflow by automatically generating meaningful
               renditions based on minimal user interaction. A method for
               automatically generating 3D views for structures in 2D
               slices based on a single picking interaction is presented.",
  pages =      "820--823",
  month =      may,
  booktitle =  "Proceedings of  5th IEEE International Symposium on
               Biomedical Imaging: From Nano to Macro",
  isbn =       "978-1-4244-2002-5",
  location =   "Paris, Frankreich",
  keywords =   "viewpoint selection, medical visualization, volume rendering",
  URL =        "http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2008/bruckner-2008-IVV/",
}