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Improving image quality of volume-rendered three-dimensional medical data
Author(s): Mark J. Bentum; Barthold Lichtenbelt; Mark A. Boer; Alex G. J. Nijmeijer; Marco K. Bosma; Jaap Smit
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Paper Abstract

Volume visualization is the technique of displaying two dimensional projections of three dimensional data. The data is acquired from a medical scanner, like MRI, CT, SPECT, or US scanners. Visualizing a given three dimensional medical dataset can be done by surface rendering algorithms or by direct volume rendering algorithms. Surface rendering algorithms require an intermediate geometric representation and are therefore less attractive. In our approach volume rendering is used. To improve image quality of such projections of the volume data, special care should be taken to (a) the interpolation step, (b) the estimation of the local gradient and (c) the assignment of opacity values at sample positions. These aspects are addressed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2707, Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display, (15 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238456
Show Author Affiliations
Mark J. Bentum, Univ. Twente (Netherlands)
Barthold Lichtenbelt, Hewlett-Packard Co. (United States)
Mark A. Boer, Alma Electronic System Design (Netherlands)
Alex G. J. Nijmeijer, Alma Electronic System Design (Netherlands)
Marco K. Bosma, Univ. Twente (Netherlands)
Jaap Smit, Univ. Twente (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2707:
Medical Imaging 1996: Image Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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