Rapid Halo-based Illustrative Visualization of Brain Fiber Tracts
Tutor / director / evaluatorVázquez Alcocer, Pere Pau
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
The visualization of human brain fibers is becoming a new challenge in the computer graphics field. Nowadays, with the aid of new technologies such as DTI, acquisition of this information has become available and the generation of complex geometric models that represent these brain structures is possible. This data is mainly stored in massive sets of polygonal lines that despite the fact that they are simple geometry, end up in visual clutter on screen if rendered with naive methods, avoiding the viewer to perceive their real shape, depth and details. By taking advantage of modern GPUs, we can execute complex processes at vertex, primitive and pixel level thanks to shader programs. With these tools at hand, it is now possible to develop rendering techniques that give a speci c visual appearance to our model. These techniques consist in providing extra visible cues that help us to notice these fiber's features and make the clutter disappear, thus revealing its shape and letting us perceive their orientation, position in space and relative positions with each other. With this Master Thesis, our intention is to compare two di erent families of methods that aim to reach these objectives by means of generating halos around fibers: geometri- cally based and screen-space based approaches. Each of them will try to make that bers that are far from each other are easily distinguishable, while keeping a compact repre- sentation for those ones grouped in dense sets. Even so, each one of them will have its own advantages and disadvantages. This document describes the process of implementing, testing and comparing them.