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Extracting Three Dimensional Surface Model of Human Kidney from the Visible Human Data Set using Free Software

Kumara P, Kirana (2012) Extracting Three Dimensional Surface Model of Human Kidney from the Visible Human Data Set using Free Software. In: Leonardo Electronic Journal of Practices and Technologies, 11 (20). pp. 115-126.

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Abstract

Three dimensional digital model of a representative human kidney is needed for a surgical simulator that is capable of simulating a laparoscopic surgery involving kidney. Buying a three dimensional computer model of a representative human kidney, or reconstructing a human kidney from an image sequence using commercial software, both involve (sometimes significant amount of) money. In this paper, author has shown that one can obtain a three dimensional surface model of human kidney by making use of images from the Visible Human Data Set and a few free software packages (ImageJ, ITK-SNAP, and MeshLab in particular). Images from the Visible Human Data Set, and the software packages used here, both do not cost anything. Hence, the practice of extracting the geometry of a representative human kidney for free, as illustrated in the present work, could be a free alternative to the use of expensive commercial software or to the purchase of a digital model.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to the Author
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 07:01
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2012 07:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/44952

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