Topological volume skeletonization and its application to transfer function design

Shigeo Takahashi, Yuriko Takeshima, Issei Fujishiro

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Topological volume skeletonization is a novel approach for automating transfer, function design in visualization by extracting the topological structure of a volume dataset. The skeletonization process yields a graph called a volume skeleton tree, which consists of volumetric critical points and their connectivity. The resultant graph provides critical field values whose color and opacity are accentuated in the design of transfer functions for direct volume rendering. Visually pleasing results of volume visualization demonstrate the feasibility of the present approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-49
Number of pages26
JournalGraphical Models
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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