Efficient Methods for Volumetric Illumination
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Modern imaging modalities can generate three-dimensional datasets with a very high detail level. To transfer all the information to the user in an efficient way there is a need for three-dimensional visualization. In order to enhance the diagnostic capabilities the utilized methods must supply the user with fast renderings that are easy to interpret correctly.
It can thus be a challenge to visualize a three-dimensional dataset in a way that allows the user to perceive depth and shapes. A number of stereoscopic solutions are available on the market but it is in many situations more practical and less expensive to use ordinary two-dimensional displays. Incorporation of advanced illumination can, however, improve the perception of depth in a rendering of a volume. Cast shadows provide the user with clues of distances and object hierarchy. Simulating realistic light conditions is, however, complex and it can be difficult to reach interactive frame rates. Approximations and clever implementations are consequently required.
This thesis presents efficient methods for calculation of illumination with the objective of providing the user with high spatial and shape perception. Two main types of light conditions, a single point light source and omni-directional illumination, are considered. Global transport of light is efficiently estimated using local piecewise integration which allows a graceful speed up compared to brute force techniques. Ambient light conditions are calculated by integrating the incident light along rays within a local neighborhood around each point in the volume.
Furthermore, an approach that allows the user to highlight different tissues, using luminous materials, is also available in this thesis. A multiresolution data structure is employed in all the presented methods in order to support evaluation of illumination for large scale data at interactive frame rates.
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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2011. , 59 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1406
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71460ISBN: 978-91-7393-041-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-71460DiVA: diva2:449126
2011-11-25, Wrannesalen, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Hadwiger, Markus, Professor
Ynnerman, Anders, ProfessorPersson, Anders, Professor
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