Reliable Adaptive Modelling of Vascular Structures with Non-Circular Cross-Sections

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Kretschmer J, Beck T, Tietjen C, Preim B, Stamminger M
Edition name or number: 3.2
Title edited volumes: Computer Graphics Forum (EuroVis 2012 Proceedincs)
Journal: Computer Graphics Forum
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publishing place: New York, NY, USA
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 31
Pages range: 1055-1064
ISSN: 0167-7055


Accurate visualizations of complex vascular structures are essential for medical applications, such as diagnosis, therapy planning and medical education. Vascular trees are usually described using centerlines, since they capture both the topology and the geometry of the vasculature in an intuitive manner. State-of-the-art vessel segmentation algorithms deliver vascular outlines as free-form contours along the centerline, since this allows capturing anatomical pathologies. However, existing methods for generating surface representations from centerlines can only cope with circular outlines. We present a novel model-based technique that is capable of generating intersection-free surfaces from centerlines with complex outlines. Vascular segments are described by local signed distance functions and combined using Boolean operations. An octree-based surface generation strategy automatically computes watertight, scale-adaptive meshes with a controllable quality. In contrast to other approaches, our method generates a reliable representation that guarantees to capture all vessels regardless of their size. Computer Graphics Forum © 2012 The Eurographics Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kretschmer, Jan
Professur für Informatik (Visualisierung)
Stamminger, Marc Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 9 (Graphische Datenverarbeitung)

External institutions with authors

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Siemens AG

How to cite

Kretschmer, J., Beck, T., Tietjen, C., Preim, B., & Stamminger, M. (2012). Reliable Adaptive Modelling of Vascular Structures with Non-Circular Cross-Sections. Computer Graphics Forum, 31, 1055-1064.

Kretschmer, Jan, et al. "Reliable Adaptive Modelling of Vascular Structures with Non-Circular Cross-Sections." Computer Graphics Forum 31 (2012): 1055-1064.


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