## Computation and Application of 3D Strokes on Visible Structures in Direct Volume Rendering

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• In this paper we describe VisiTrace, a novel technique to draw 3D lines in 3D volume rendered images. It allows to draw strokes in the 2D space of the screen to produce 3D lines that run on top or in the center of structures actually visible in the volume rendering. It can handle structures that only shortly occlude the structure that has been visible at the starting point of the stroke and is able to ignore such structures. For this purpose a shortest path algorithm finding the optimal curve in a specially designed graph data structure is employed. We demonstrate the usefulness of the technique by applying it to MRI data from medicine and engineering, and show how the method can be used to mark or analyze structures in the example data sets, and to automatically obtain good views toward the selected structures.

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