Interactive Level-of-Detail Visualization of 3D-Polarized Light Imaging Data Using Spherical Harmonics

Claudia Hänel, Ali Can Demiralp, Markus Axer, David Gräßel, Bernd Hentschel, Torsten Wolfgang Kuhlen
19th EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization (EuroVis 2017)

3D-Polarized Light Imaging (3D-PLI) provides data that enables an exploration of brain fibers at very high resolution. However, the visualization poses several challenges. Beside the huge data set sizes, users have to visually perceive the pure amount of information which might be, among other aspects, inhibited for inner structures because of occlusion by outer layers of the brain. We propose a clustering of fiber directions by means of spherical harmonics using a level-of-detail structure by which the user can interactively choose a clustering degree according to the zoom level or details required. Furthermore, the clustering method can be used for the automatic grouping of similar spherical harmonics automatically into one representative. An optional overlay with a direct vector visualization of the 3D-PLI data provides a better anatomical context.

Honorable Mention for Best Short Paper!

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@inproceedings {Haenel2017Interactive,
booktitle = {EuroVis 2017 - Short Papers},
editor = {Barbora Kozlikova and Tobias Schreck and Thomas Wischgoll},
title = {{Interactive Level-of-Detail Visualization of 3D-Polarized Light Imaging Data Using Spherical Harmonics}},
author = {H\”anel, Claudia and Demiralp, Ali C. and Axer, Markus and Gr\”assel, David and Hentschel, Bernd and Kuhlen, Torsten W.},
year = {2017},
publisher = {The Eurographics Association},
ISBN = {978-3-03868-043-7},
DOI = {10.2312/eurovisshort.20171145}

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