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The focus of the project is on the visualization of medical ultrasound data. Ultrasound is a very important clinical imaging tool that is extensively used by medical doctors all around the world. For non-experts and also sometimes for experts, the ultrasound images are hard to understand, leading to special challenges in the communication between medical doctors and their patients. The vision of the IllustraSound project is to provide new visualization technology to address the readability problem by enriching the ultrasound data with other types of medical data. On top of the ultrasound images, intuitive illustrative renderings are added, so that the patient (or doctor) can get a better understanding of the images. The IllustraSound-project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (Project nr: 193170) and is researched at the Visualization Group in the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen. The project started september 2009 and will run till approximately 2012.


Illustrasound Prototype

Feel free to download the open source Illustrasound prototype. It contains source files and all the required libraries for running the binaries on Win32 platform. Additionally the demonstration bundle contains one exemplary dataset and a document describing how to obtain the Couinaud-enhanced liver examination using the technologies that were the research outcome of the Illustrasound research project.

Research Staff

Ivan Viola

Associate Professor

Helwig Hauser


Ola Kristoffer Øye

Senior Researcher

Veronika Solteszova

Phd. Student

Paolo Angelelli

Phd. Student

Åsmund Birkeland

Phd. Student

Linn Emilie Sævil Helljesen

Junior Researcher


Christian Michelsen Research

Dag Magne Ulvang

Ola Kristoffer Øye

Haukeland University Hospital

Odd Helge Gilja

Trygve Hausken

Kim Nylund

Linn Helljesen

Communication Advisor

Kari Toverud

Publications 2013

Ultrasonic Vessel Visualization: From Extraction to Perception

Åsmund Rognerud Birkeland

PhD Thesis, Department of Informatics, University of Bergen, Norway

Doppler-based 3D Blood Flow Imaging and Visualization

Åsmund Birkeland, Dag Magne Ulvang, Kim Nylund, Trygve Hausken , Odd Helge Gilja, Ivan Viola

In Proceedings of the 29th Spring Conference on Computer Graphics

High-Quality 3D Visualization of In-Situ Ultrasonography

Ivan Viola, Åsmund Birkeland, Veronika Šoltészová , Linn Helljesen, Helwig Hauser, Spiros Kotopoulis, Kim Nylund , Dag M. Ulvang, Ola K. Øye, Trygve Hausken, Odd H. Gilja

In EG 2013---Dirk Bartz Prize

Publications 2012

HeartPad: Real-Time Visual Guidance for Cardiac Ultrasound

Steven Ford, Gabriel Kiss, Ivan Viola, Stefan Brukner and Hans Torp

In Proceedings of Workshop at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography of liver lesions in patients referred after inconclusive findings on CT - Preliminary Data

Linn Emilie S{\ae}vil Helljesen, Kim Nylund, Trygve Hausken and Georg Dimcevski, Odd Helge Gilja


Klinisk bruk av 3D-ultralyd

Linn Emilie S{\ae}vil Helljesen, Spiros Kotopoulis, Kim Nylund and Ivan Viola, Trygve Hausken, Odd Helge Gilja

Journal Article, Kirurgen

Real Time Image-based Tracking of 4D Ultrasound Data

Ola Kristoffer �ye, Wolfgang Wein, Dag Magne Ulvang, Knut Matre and Ivan Viola

In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

The Ultrasound Visualization Pipeline - A Survey

Åsmund Birkeland and Veronika Šoltészová and Dieter Hönigmann and Odd Helge Gilja and Svein Brekke and Timo Ropinski and Ivan Viola

Journal Article, CoRR

Lowest-Variance Streamlines for Filtering of 3D Ultrasound

Veronika Šoltészová, Linn Emilie S{\ae}vil Helljesen, Wolfgang Wein, Odd Helge Gilja, Ivan Viola

In Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM 2012)

A Perceptual-Statistics Shading Model

Veronika Šoltészová, Cagatay Turkay, Mark Price, Ivan Viola

Journal Article, Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transaction on

Illustrative Membrane Clipping

Åsmund Birkeland, Stefan Bruckner, Andrea Brambilla and Ivan Viola

Journal Article, Computer Graphics Forum

Stylized Volume Visualization of Streamed Sonar Data

Veronika Šoltészová, Ruben Patel, Helwig Hauser, Ivanko Viola

In Proceedings of Spring Conference on Computer Graphics (SCCG 2012)

Publications 2011

Automatic Transfer Functions based on Informational Divergence

Marc Ruiz, Anton Bardera, Imma Boada, Ivan Viola, Miquel Feixas, Mateu Sbert

Journal Article, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Illustrative Couinaud Segmentation for Ultrasound Liver Examinations

Ola Kristoffer Øye, Dag Magne Ulvang, Odd Helge Gilja, Helwig Hauser, Ivan Viola

In Smart Graphics

Ultrasound palpation by haptic elastography

Karljohan Lundin Palmerius, Roald Flesland Havre, Odd Helge Gilja, Ivan Viola

In Proc. International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS)

Chromatic Shadows for Improved Perception

Veronika Šoltészová, Daniel Patel, Ivan Viola

In Proc. Non-photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR 2011)

Interactive Visual Analysis of Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound Data based on Small Neighborhood Statistics

Paolo Angelelli, Kim Nylund, Odd Helge Gilja, Helwig Hauser

Journal Article, Computers & Graphics - Special Issue on Visual Computing in Biology and Medicine

Publications 2010

Ultrasound Painting of Vascular Tree

Åsmund Birkeland, Ivan Viola

In Proceedings of Vision, Modeling, and Visualization (VMV 2010)

Hybrid Visibility Compositing and Masking for Illustrative Rendering

Stefan Bruckner, Peter Rautek, Ivan Viola, Mike Roberts, Mario Costa Sousa, M. Eduard Gröller

Journal Article, Computers & Graphics - Special Issue on Illustrative Visualization

Guided Visualization of Ultrasound Image Sequences

Paolo Angelelli, Ivan Viola, Kim Nylund, Odd Helge Gilja, Helwig Hauser

In Proceedings of Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM)

A Multidirectional Occlusion Shading Model for Direct Volume Rendering

Veronika Šoltészová, Daniel Patel, Stefan Bruckner, Ivan Viola

Journal Article, Computer Graphics Forum

Publications 2009

Information Theory Tools for Computer Graphics

Mateu Sbert, Miquel Feixas, Jaume Rigau, Miguel Chover, Ivan Viola

Book, Morgan and Claypool Publishers Colorado

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