A clustering-based system to automate transfer function design for medical image visualization

Abstract

Finding good transfer functions for rendering medical volumes is difficult, non-intuitive, and time-consuming. We introduce a clustering-based framework for the automatic generation of transfer functions for volumetric data. The system first applies mean shift clustering to oversegment the volume boundaries according to their low-high (LH) values and their spatial coordinates, and then uses hierarchical clustering to group similar voxels. A transfer function is then automatically generated for each cluster such that the number of occlusions is reduced. The framework also allows for semi-automatic operation, where the user can vary the hierarchical clustering results or the transfer functions generated. The system improves the efficiency and effectiveness of visualizing medical images and is suitable for medical imaging applications.

DOI: 10.1007/s00371-011-0634-3

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Automatic transfer function design for volumetric data visualization using clustering on LH space

  • B P Nguyen, W L Tay, C K Chui, S H Ong
  • 2011
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