Preprocessing and Efficient Volume Rendering of 3-D Ultrasound Image

CheolAn KIM  HyunWook PARK  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E83-D   No.2   pp.259-264
Publication Date: 2000/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Computer Graphics
volume rendering,  3-D ultrasound imaging,  truncated-median filter,  ray casting,  depth cueing,  

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Visualization of 3-D ultrasound images is a challenging task due to the noisy and fuzzy nature of ultrasound imaging. This paper presents an efficient volume rendering technique for 3-D ultrasound image. A preprocessing technique of 2-D truncated-median filtering is proposed to reduce speckle noise of the ultrasound image. This paper also introduces an adaptive boundary detection method to reduce the computation time for volume rendering of ultrasound image. The proposed technique is compared to the conventional volume rendering methods with respect to the computation time and the subjective image quality. According to the comparison study, the proposed volume rendering method shows good performance for visualization of 3-D ultrasound image.