Segmentation Assisted Object Distinction For Direct Volume Rendering

Irani, Arash Azim Zadeh (2013) Segmentation Assisted Object Distinction For Direct Volume Rendering. PhD thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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Ray casting is a direct volume rendering technique for visualizing 3D arrays of sampled data. It has vital applications in medical and biological imaging. Nevertheless, it is inherently open to cluttered classification results. It suffers from overlapping transfer function values and lacks a sufficiently powerful voxel parsing mechanism for object distinction. In this research work, we are proposing an image processing based approach towards enhancing ray casting technique’s object distinction process. The ray casting architecture is modified to accommodate object membership information generated by a K-means based hybrid segmentation algorithm. Object membership information is assigned to cubical vertices in the form of ID tags. An intra-object buffer is devised and coordinated with inter-object buffer, allowing the otherwise global rendering module to embed multiple local (secondary) rendering processes. A local rendering process adds two advantageous aspects to global rendering module. First, depth oriented manipulation of interpolation and composition operations that lead to freedom of interpolation method choice based on the number of available objects in various volumetric depths, improvement of LOD (level of details) for desired objects and reduced number of required mathematical computations. Second, localization of transfer function design that enables the utilization of binary (non-overlapping) transfer functions for color and opacity assignment. A set of image processing techniques are creatively employed in the design of K-means based hybrid segmentation algorithm.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Sains Komputer (School of Computer Sciences) > Thesis
Depositing User: Mr Mohammad Harish Sabri
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2019 02:00
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 05:26

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