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Multimodal Vessel Visualization of Mouse Aorta PET/CT Scans
November/December 2009 (vol. 15 no. 6)
pp. 1515-1522
Timo Ropinski, Visualization and Computer Graphics Research Group (VisCG), University of Münster
Sven Hermann, University Hospital of Münster,
Rainer Reich, Visualization and Computer Graphics Research Group (VisCG), University of Münster
Michael Schäfers, European Institute of Molecular Imaging (EIMI)
Klaus Hinrichs, Visualization and Computer Graphics Research Group (VisCG), University of Münster
In this paper, we present a visualization system for the visual analysis of PET/CT scans of aor tic arches of mice. The system has been designed in close collaboration between researchers from the areas of visualization and molecular imaging with the objective to get deeper insights into the structural and molecular processes which take place during plaque development. Understanding the development of plaques might lead to a better and earlier diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, which are still the main cause of death in the western world. After motivating our approach, we will briefly describe the multimodal data acquisition process before explaining the visualization techniques used. The main goal is to develop a system which suppor ts visual comparison of the data of different species. Therefore, we have chosen a linked multi-view approach, which amongst others integrates a specialized straightened multipath cur ved planar reformation and a multimodal vessel flattening technique. We have applied the visualization concepts to multiple data sets, and we will present the results of this investigation.

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Index Terms:
Vessel visualization, plaque growth, multipath CPR, vessel flattening
Citation:
Timo Ropinski, Sven Hermann, Rainer Reich, Michael Schäfers, Klaus Hinrichs, "Multimodal Vessel Visualization of Mouse Aorta PET/CT Scans," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 1515-1522, Nov.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2009.169
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