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Real-time DVR Illumination Methods for Ultrasound Data
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Ultrasound (US) volume data is noisy, so traditional methods for direct volume rendering (DVR) are less appropriate. Improved methods or new techniques are required. There are furthermore a high performance requirement and limited pre-processing to be considered in order for it to be used interactively, since the volume data might be time-varying.

There exist numerous techniques for improving visual perception of volume rendering, and while some perform well and produce a visually enhanced result, many are designed and compared for use with medical data that has a high signal-to-noise ratio. This master thesis describe and compare recent methods for DVR illumination, in the form of ambient occlusion or direct/indirect lighting from an external light source. New designs and modifications are introduced for efficiently and effectively enhancing the visual quality of DVR with US data. Furthermore, this thesis addresses the issue of how clipping is performed during rendering and for the different illumination techniques, which is commonly used in ultrasound visualization.

This diploma work was conducted at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ where the partially open source framework XIP is developed. The framework was extended further to include modern methods for DVR illumination that are described in detail within this thesis. Finally, presented results show that several methods can be used to visually enhance the visualization within highly interactive frame-rates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Direct Volume Rendering, Illumination, Ultrasound, Ambient Occlusion, Shadows
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57540ISRN: LIU-ITN-TEK-A--10/045--SEOAI: diva2:326435
2010-06-07, TP31, Norrköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-06-29 Created: 2010-06-22 Last updated: 2010-06-29Bibliographically approved

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