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seeBrain - Brain Nerve System Visualization


Human brain is a very intriguing system, to which the mankind attribute many many unknowns. The brain nerve systems is one of the most important parts of the brain. To understand the morphology, anatomy and function of the brain, diffusion tensor MRI (DT-MRI) is an indispensible imaging device. Under all other current imaging modalities, intrinsic information of the brain nerve system is very hard to be distinguished and then collected. To visualize DT-MRI datasets is difficult, because on each spatial coordinate a 3 by 3 diffusion matrix is stored. To date, it is still rather hard to visualize a volume of matrices using straight-forward visual cues. As our current efforts, we focused on several algorithmic issues on visualizing DT-MRI data sets. We have published the following paper.

'Visualization of Neuronal Fiber Connections from DT-MRI with Global Optimization', N. Fout, J. Huang, Z. Ding, Proc. of the 20th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC'2005), Santa Fe, NM, March, 2005.