Interpolating 3D Diffusion Tensors in 2D Planar Domain by Locating Degenerate Lines

Chongke Bi, Shigeo Takahashi, and Issei Fujishiro

6th International Symposium on Visual Computing 2010

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Interpolating diffusion tensor fields is a key technique to visualize the continuous behaviors of biological tissues such as nerves and muscle fibers. However, this has been still a challenging task due to the difficulty to handle possible degeneracy, which means the rotational inconsistency caused by degenerate points. This paper presents an approach to interpolating 3D diffusion tensors in 2D planar domains by aggressively locating the possible degeneracy while fully respecting the underlying transition of tensor anisotropy. The primary idea behind this approach is to identify the degeneracy using minimum spanning tree-based clustering algorithm, and resolve the degeneracy by optimizing the associated rotational transformations. Degenerate lines are generated in this process to retain the smooth transitions of anisotropic features. Comparisons with existing interpolation schemes will be also provided to demonstrate the technical advantages of the proposed approach.


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