Volume curtaining: A focus+context effect for multimodal volume visualization

Adam J. Fairfield, Jonathan Plasencia, Yun Jang, Nicholas Theodore, Neil R. Crawford, David Frakes, Ross Maciejewski

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


In surgical preparation, physicians will often utilize multimodal imaging scans to capture complementary information to improve diagnosis and to drive patient-specific treatment. These imaging scans may consist of data from magnetic resonance imaging (MR), computed tomography (CT), or other various sources. The challenge in using these different modalities is that the physician must mentally map the two modalities together during the diagnosis and planning phase. Furthermore, the different imaging modalities will be generated at various resolutions as well as slightly different orientations due to patient placement during scans. In this work, we present an interactive system for multimodal data fusion, analysis and visualization. Developed with partners from neurological clinics, this work discusses initial system requirements and physician feedback at the various stages of component development. Finally, we present a novel focus+context technique for the interactive exploration of coregistered multi-modal data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2014
Subtitle of host publicationComputer-Aided Diagnosis
ISBN (Print)9780819498281
StatePublished - 2014
EventMedical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2014Feb 20 2014

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • CT
  • MRI
  • Multimodal
  • Volume rendering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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