GPU Accelerated Intermixing as a Framework for Interactively Visualizing Spectral CT Data
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Engineering
Computed Tomography (CT) is a medical imaging modality which acquires anatomical data via the unique x-ray attenuation of materials. Yet, some clinically important materials remain diﬃcult to distinguish with current CT technology. Spectral CT is an emerging technology which acquires multiple CT datasets for speciﬁc x-ray spectra. These spectra provide a ﬁngerprint that allow materials to be distinguished that would otherwise look the same on conventional CT.
The unique characteristics of spectral CT data motivates research into novel visualization techniques. In this thesis, we aim to provide the foundation for visualizing spectral CT data. Our initial investigation of similar multi-variate data types identiﬁed intermixing as a promising visualization technique.
This promoted the development of a generic, modular and extensible intermixing framework. Therefore, the contribution of our work is a framework supporting the construction, analysis and storage of algorithms for visualizing spectral CT studies.
To allow evaluation, we implemented the intermixing framework in an application called MARSCTExplorer along with a standard set of volume visualization tools. These tools provide user-interaction as well as supporting traditional visualization techniques for comparison.
We evaluated our work with four spectral CT studies containing materials indistinguishable by conventional CT. Our results conﬁrm that spectral CT can distinguish these materials, and reveal how these materials might be visualized with our intermixing framework.