I have got a network of blood vessels and I’m looking for ways to straighten each segment/branch in the network. I found some discussions on straightening single segments, I’m not sure if it is possible to straighten segments in a network.
Any suggestions on how to do this in Slicer, if possible, will be really helpful.
Yes, there are many ways to do this in Slicer. Since of course it is impossible to straighten an entire network (straightening one vessel segment determines how you need to warp the entire 3D space, so if you have multiple vessel segments then you would have contradicting space warping requirements), you need to tell us how you want your straightened network segments to be represented.
The image on the left has the curves that we generate after using the extract centerline module.
For instance, the Network properties table returns the lengths of the centerline path in each branch
of the blood vessel. I would like to convert these curves paths to straight lines shown in the right image. i.e the length of each line segment shown in the right will be equal to the centerline length/branch length computed from the left.
I had a look at the reference shared above. From what I understand the optimization algorithm flattens the entire 3D volume. But I am interested in straightening only the line segments ( i.e centerline curves displayed).
Could you please explain a bit more on how to do this? I think I must proceed in this direction.
What you show in the screenshot is not the same that you describe (in the screenshot, vessel branching points are simply connected with a straight line; length of vessel segments are not preserved). If you want to preserve vessel segment lengths then it makes the problem much harder! You might find solutions in scientific papers or in software libraries but there is a good chance that you need to implement it yourself. But probably it makes more sense to apply more commonly used analysis methods.