Christmas Tree Case Study: Computed Tomography as a Tool for Mastering Complex Real World Objects with Applications in Computer Graphics

by A. Kanitsar, T. Theußl, L. Mroz, M. Sramek, A. Vilanova Bartroli, B. Csébfalvi, J. Hladuvka, S. Guthe, M. Knapp, R. Wegenkittl, P. Felkel, S. Roettger, D. Fleischmann, W. Purgathofer and M. E. Gröller

Data Acquisition

Model Preparation:
Firstly, special care had to be taken in the preparation of the real model to assume a high data set quality. Especially, no metal was allowed to be used, as this would result in artifacts. Therefore the sweets were unwrapped and metal hooks replaced. Due to the limited diameter of the CT gantry, the size of the tree must not exceed 50 cm. Furthermore the proportions of the Christmas tree decoration and the small conifer should match those of a real Christmas tree. Therefore special items, as small candles for birthday cakes, were used.

Scanning Process:
The CT acquisition protocoll had to be specifically designed as neither presets nor protocols are available for small trees. The Christmas-tree model was scanned with a Siemens Somatom Plus 4 Volume Zoom Multislice-CT scanner at the general hospital in Vienna. A tube voltage of 140kV and a tube current of 100mAs was used during the 40s scan. The collimation was 4 x 1mm, the table increment was 3mm/360 gantry rotation. Transverse sections with a nominal slice width of 1.25mm were reconstructed at 0.5mm intervals using a medium/sharp (B40) reconstruction kernel. A dataset of 512 x 512 x 998 voxels was reconstructed from a field of view of 476mm x 476mm x 499mm.

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A. Kanitsar, T. Theußl, L. Mroz, M. Sramek, A. Vilanova Bartroli, B. Csébfalvi, J. Hladuvka, S. Guthe, M. Knapp, R. Wegenkittl, P. Felkel, S. Roettger, D. Fleischmann, W. Purgathofer and M. E. Gröller
In proceedings of Visualization 2002, pp. 489-492
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