Upgraded Algorithms for 3D-DOCTOR

The full article is available in Computer Graphics World, July 2000, pp. 8.

By Jenny Donelan, Managing Editor of Computer Graphics World

"The latest release of Able Software's visualization, rendering and measurement software for volumetric images comes with improved volume and surface rendering algorithms. 3D-DOCTOR also provides better calculations of 3D volumes and surface areas, and new 3D image processing functions such as reslicing along an arbitrary axis."

"3D-DOCTOR is a three-year-old program that uses OpenGL to create 3D 'snapshots' from 2D data such as MRI and CT scans. In a matter of seconds, or minutes, depending on the complexity of the material desired, it renders and outputs the composited 3D polygonal files in a choice of many common formats, including DXF, 3DS, STL and VRML. The program also contains vector-based editing tools that support easy image data handling, measurement and analysis."

"Although slower than hardware-based volume rendering solutions, 3D-DOCTOR nonetheless provides a low-cost, practical way to view 3D data constructed from scans. Its hardware requirements are modest-- the program will run on a Windows (9X/NT/2000/ME/XP/VISTA) Pentium-based desktop machine with as little as 32MB of memory (though 128MB is recommended for large-image rendering). "

"A free demo version is available at Able Software's web site."