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12 April 2005 Hardware-accelerated glyph based visualization of major white matter tracts for analysis of brain tumors
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Visualizing diffusion tensor imaging data has recently gained increasing importance. The data is of particular interest for neurosurgeons since it allows analyzing the location and topology of major white matter tracts such as the pyramidal tract. Various approaches such as fractional anisotropy, fiber tracking and glyphs have been introduced but many of them suffer from ambiguous representations of important tract systems and the related anatomy. Furthermore, there is no information about the reliability of the presented visualization. However, this information is essential for neurosurgery. This work proposes a new approach of glyph visualization accelerated with consumer graphics hardware showing a maximum of information contained in the data. Especially, the probability of major white matter tracts can be assessed from the shape and the color of the glyphs. Integrating direct volume rendering of the underlying anatomy based on 3D texture mapping and a special hardware accelerated clipping strategy allows more comprehensive evaluation of important tract systems in the vicinity of a tumor and provides further valuable insights. Focusing on hardware acceleration wherever possible ensures high image quality and interactivity, which is essential for clinical application. Overall, the presented approach makes diagnosis and therapy planning based on diffusion tensor data more comprehensive and allows better assessment of major white matter tracts.
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F. Enders, S. Iserhardt-Bauer, P. Hastreiter, C. Nimsky, and T. Ertl "Hardware-accelerated glyph based visualization of major white matter tracts for analysis of brain tumors", Proc. SPIE 5744, Medical Imaging 2005: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (12 April 2005);

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