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Fast surface rendering for interactive medical image segmentation with haptic feedback

Erik Vidholm
Centre for Image Analysis, Uppsala University, Sweden

Jonas Agmund
Centre for Image Analysis, Uppsala University, Sweden

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Published in: The Annual SIGRAD Conference. Special Theme - Environmental Visualization

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 13:8, p. 33-39

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Published: 2004-11-24


ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


In this work; we present a haptic-enabled application for interactive editing in medical image segmentation. We use a fast surface rendering algorithm to display the different segmented objects; and we apply a proxy-based volume haptics algorithm to be able to touch and edit these objects at interactive rates. As an application example; we show how the system can be used to initialize a fast marching segmentation algorithm for extracting the liver in magnetic resonance (MR) images and then edit the result if it is incorrect.

CR Categories: I.3.6 [Computer graphics]: Methodology and techniques—Graphics data structures and data types; Interaction techniques. I.4.6 [Image processing and computer vision]: Segmentation.


Marching cubes; surface tracking; volume haptics


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