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 publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISBN (Print)9780819498281
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMedical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2014Feb 20 2014


OtherMedical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA



  • CT
  • MRI
  • Multimodal
  • Volume rendering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Fairfield, A. J., Plasencia, J., Jang, Y., Theodore, N., Crawford, N. R., Frakes, D., & Maciejewski, R. (2014). Volume curtaining: A focus+context effect for multimodal volume visualization. In Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE (Vol. 9035). [903527] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2043186