When a single ROI describes an excluded inner volume, this can be encoded with a single contour, using a “keyhole” technique. In this method, an arbitrarily narrow channel is used to connect the outer contour to the inner contour, so that it is drawn as a single contour. An example of such a structure is shown in Figure C.8.8.6-1
Points in space lying along the path defined by the contour are considered to be inside the ROI.
Figure C.8.8.6-1Example of ROI with excluded inner volume