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DTI in Context: Illustrating Brain Fiber Tracts In Situ

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We present an interactive illustrative visualization method inspired by traditional pen-and-ink illustration styles. Specifically, we explore how to provide context around DTI fiber tracts in the form of surfaces of the brain, the skull, or other objects such as tumors. These contextual surfaces are derived from either segmentation data or generated using interactive iso-surface extraction and are rendered with a flexible, slice-based hatching technique, controlled with ambient occlusion. This technique allows us to produce a consistent and frame-coherent appearance with precise control over the lines. In addition, we provide context through cutting planes onto which we render gray matter with stippling. Together, our methods not only facilitate the interactive exploration and illustration of brain fibers within their anatomical context but also allow us to produce high-quality images for print reproduction. We provide evidence for the success of our approach with an informal evaluation with domain experts.

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Main Reference:

Pjotr Svetachov, Maarten H. Everts, and Tobias Isenberg (2010) DTI in Context: Illustrating Brain Fiber Tracts In Situ. Computer Graphics Forum, 29(3):1024–1032, June 2010.   doi

BibTeX entry:

@ARTICLE{Svetachov:2010:DCI, author = {Pjotr Svetachov and Maarten H. Everts and Tobias Isenberg}, title = {{DTI} in Context: Illustrating Brain Fiber Tracts In Situ}, journal = {Computer Graphics Forum}, year = {2010}, volume = {29}, number = {3}, month = jun, pages = {1024--1032}, doi = {10.1111/j.1467-8659.2009.01692.x}, doi_url = {}, url = {}, pdf = {}, }

Other Reference:

Pjotr Svetachov (2010) Illustrative Rendering and Multi-Touch Exploration of DTI Data and Its Context. Master's thesis, University of Groningen, 2010.   pdf

BibTeX entry:

@MASTERSTHESIS{Svetachov:2010:IRM, author = {Pjotr Svetachov}, title = {Illustrative Rendering and Multi-Touch Exploration of {DTI} Data and Its Context}, year = {2010}, school = {University of Groningen}, address = {The Netherlands}, url = {}, pdf = {}, }


This work was done at the Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics Lab of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. It is partially funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of NWO's VIEW Program: Visual Interactive Effective Worlds, theme Interactive Data Visualization (project 643.100.501).