Visualization of multidimensional and multimodal tomographic medical imaging data: a case study

Yan Zhang, Peter Passmore , Richard Bayford

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    Multidimensional tomographic datasets contain physical properties defined over four-dimensional (e.g. spatial–temporal, spatial–spectral), five-dimensional (e.g. spatial–temporal–spectral) or even higher-dimensional domains. Multimodal tomographic datasets contain physical properties obtained with different imaging modalities. In medicine, four-dimensional data are widely used, five-dimensional data are emerging, and multimodal data are being used more often every day. Visualization is vital for medical diagnosis and surgical planning to interpret the information included in imaging data. Visualization of multidimensional and multimodal tomographic imaging data is still a challenging task. As a case study, our work focuses on the visualization of five-dimensional (spatial–temporal–spectral) brain electrical impedance tomography (EIT) data. In this paper, a task-based subset definition scheme is proposed: a task model named Cubic Task Explorer (CTE) is derived to support the visualization task exploration for medical imaging data, and a structured method for visualization system development called Task-based Multi-Dimensional Visualization (TMDV) is proposed. A prototype system named EIT5DVis is developed using the CTE model and TMDV method to visualize five-dimensional brain EIT data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3121-3148
    Number of pages28
    Journal Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
    Issue number1900
    Early online date5 Jul 2009
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009



    • visualisation
    • multidimensional image
    • multimodal image
    • task-based visualissation
    • Cubic Task Explorer
    • electrical impedance tomography

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