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Contour correspondence for serial section reconstruction: complex scenarios in palaeontology

Herbert, M. J. and Jones, Christopher Bernard 2001. Contour correspondence for serial section reconstruction: complex scenarios in palaeontology. Computers & Geosciences 27 (4) , pp. 427-440. 10.1016/S0098-3004(00)00076-5

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Abstract

Serial sectioning is used in a number of areas in science as a means of viewing the internal features of a three-dimensional object as a set of two-dimensional images. The sections are used to recreate three-dimensional computer models of the original objects by constructing surfaces between associated contours on adjacent sections. This has become a common technique for medical imaging, but is also used in a number of areas in the earth sciences, including palaeontology. This paper addresses the correspondence problem, that of matching contours in adjacent sections prior to constructing three-dimensional surfaces between them. The lack of a successful automatic approach to this stage of the reconstruction process has until now hindered the exploitation of vector data consisting of vertices and edges, derived by digitising sectional data. A new growing algorithm is proposed that uses both spatial information from the object and user-supplied semantic information describing generic characteristics of specific types of phenomena. The algorithm has been used to direct the correspondence aspects of reconstruction in a number of sectioned palaeontological data sets.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Serial sections; Palaeontological reconstruction; Surface modelling
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0098-3004
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13569

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