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Case Study: Visualization of 3D Ultrasonic Data

: Grimm, M.; Sakas, G.; Schreyer, L.-A.

Göbel, M.; Müller, H.; Urban, B. ; European Association for Computer Graphics -EUROGRAPHICS-:
Visualization in Scientific Computing '94 : Proceedings of the 5th Eurographics Workshop on Visualization in Scientific Computing, 30.05.-01.06.1994
Wien: Springer, 1995
ISBN: 3-211-82633-5
Eurographics Workshop on Visualization in Scientific Computing <5, 1994, Rostock>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Interactive Segmentation; medical imaging; visualisation; volume rendering

3D Ultrasound is one of the most interesting non-invasive, non-radiative tomographic techniques. Rendering 3D modells from such data is not straight-forward due to the noisy, fuzzy nature of ultrasound imaging containing a lot of artefacts. In this paper we first apply speckle, median and gaussian pre-filtering to improve the image quality. Using several semi-automatic segmentation tools we isolate interesting features within a few minutes. Our improved surface-extraction procedure enables volume rendering of high quality within a few seconds on a normal workstation, thus making the complete system suitable for routine clinical applications.