Interactive thickness visualization of articular cartilage

Matej Mlejnek, Anna Vilanova, Meister Eduard Gröller

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This paper describes a method to visualize the thickness of curved thin objects. Given the MRI volume data of articular cartilage, medical doctors investigate pathological changes of the thickness. Since the tissue is very thin, it is impossible to reliably map the thickness information by direct volume rendering. Our idea is based on unfolding of such structures preserving their thickness. This allows to perform anisotropic geometrical operations (e.g., scaling the thickness). However, flattening of a curved structure implies a distortion of its surface. The distortion problem is alleviated through a focus-and-context minimization approach. Distortion is smallest close to a focal point which can be interactively selected by the user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004
EditorsH. Rushmeier, G. Turk, J.J. Wijk
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2004Oct 15 2004

Publication series

NameIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004


OtherIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Applications of visualization
  • Visualization in medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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