J. Weissenböck ,  B. Fröhler ,  E. Gröller ,  J. Kastner ,  C. Heinzl (2019)

Dynamic Volume Lines: Visual Comparison of 3D Volumes through Space-filling Curves

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IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics


The comparison of many members of an ensemble is difficult, tedious, and error-prone, which is aggravated by often justsubtle differences. In this paper, we introduceDynamic Volume Linesfor the interactive visual analysis and comparison of sets of 3Dvolumes. Each volume is linearized along a Hilbert space-filling curve into a 1D Hilbert line plot, which depicts the intensities over theHilbert indices. We present a nonlinear scaling of these 1D Hilbert line plots based on the intensity variations in the ensemble of 3Dvolumes, which enables a more effective use of the available screen space. The nonlinear scaling builds the basis for our interactivevisualization techniques. An interactive histogram heatmap of the intensity frequencies serves as overview visualization. When zoomingin, the frequencies are replaced by detailed 1D Hilbert line plots and optional functional boxplots. To focus on important regions of thevolume ensemble, nonlinear scaling is incorporated into the plots. An interactive scaling widget depicts the local ensemble variations.Our brushing and linking interface reveals, for example, regions with a high ensemble variation by showing the affected voxels ina 3D spatial view. We show the applicability of our concepts using two case studies on ensembles of 3D volumes resulting fromtomographic reconstruction. In the first case study, we evaluate an artificial specimen from simulated industrial 3D X-ray computedtomography (XCT). In the second case study, a real-world XCT foam specimen is investigated. Our results show thatDynamic VolumeLinescan identify regions with high local intensity variations, allowing the user to draw conclusions, for example, about the choice ofreconstruction parameters. Furthermore, it is possible to detect ring artifacts in reconstructions volumes.I