TRAKO: Efficient Transmission of Tractography Data for Visualization


Haehn D, Franke L, Zhang F, Cetin-Karayumak S, Pieper S, O'Donnell LJ, Rathi Y. TRAKO: Efficient Transmission of Tractography Data for Visualization. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2020;12267 :322-32.

Date Published:

2020 Oct


Fiber tracking produces large tractography datasets that are tens of gigabytes in size consisting of millions of streamlines. Such vast amounts of data require formats that allow for efficient storage, transfer, and visualization. We present TRAKO, a new data format based on the Graphics Layer Transmission Format (glTF) that enables immediate graphical and hardware-accelerated processing. We integrate a state-of-the-art compression technique for vertices, streamlines, and attached scalar and property data. We then compare TRAKO to existing tractography storage methods and provide a detailed evaluation on eight datasets. TRAKO can achieve data reductions of over 28x without loss of statistical significance when used to replicate analysis from previously published studies.

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