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DIVA: Natural Navigation inside 3D Images Using Virtual Reality

  • El Beheiry, Mohamed
  • Godard, Charlotte
  • Caporal, Cĺement
  • Marcon, Valentin
  • Ostertag, Cecilia
  • Sliti, Oumaima
  • Doutreligne, Śebastien
  • Fournier, Sephane
  • Hajj, Bassam
  • Dahan, Maxime
  • Masson, Jean-Baptiste
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2020.05.026
PMID: 32512003
OAI: oai:HAL:pasteur-02872140v1
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As three-dimensional microscopy becomes commonplace in biological re- search, there is an increasing need for researchers to be able to view experi- mental image stacks in a natural three-dimensional viewing context. Through stereoscopy and motion tracking, commercial virtual reality headsets provide a solution to this important visualization challenge by allowing researchers to view volumetric objects in an entirely intuitive fashion. With this motivation, we present DIVA, a user-friendly software tool that automatically creates de- tailed three-dimensional reconstructions of raw experimental image stacks that are integrated in virtual reality. In DIVA's immersive virtual environment, users can view, manipulate and perform volumetric measurements on their microscopy images as they would to real physical objects. In contrast to similar solutions, our software provides high-quality volume rendering with native TIFF file com-patibility. We benchmark the software with diverse image types including those generated by confocal, light-sheet and electron microscopy. DIVA is available at and will be regularly updated.

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