What is Volume Graphics?

The tremendous evolution of programmable graphics hardware has made high-quality real-time volume graphics a reality. In addition to the traditional application of rendering volume data in scientific visualization, the interest in applying these techniques for real-time rendering of atmospheric phenomena and participating media such as fire, smoke, and clouds is growing rapidly.

Volume graphics techniques are both applications in scientific visualization, e.g., medical volume data, and real-time rendering, such as advanced effects and illumination in computer games.