Sometimes, an invention is a game-changer. Since X-rays were discovered more than 100 years ago, the images have improved regularly but both classic X-ray images and CT scans can only be interpreted properly by experts. Lay people can hardly recognize anything in the gray shades of these sectional images.
But computers have evolved and can now convert ever larger volumes of data into precise images at an ever faster rate, and Engel, a computer scientist and specialist for visualization in connection with computer animations has tracked this process very closely. “I have been a keen computer gamer since my childhood,” he says, “and the progress made in computer graphics over the years inspired me to develop the cinematic rendering procedure.” The name refers to the progress in animation technology driven, above all, by the movie company Pixar. Developers at Pixar were the first to enhance computer-animated cartoons with lighting effects like in nature. This is the only way to make the cartoon figures look plastic and act realistically. Rendering is the process in which images are generated from raw data.