Using 3D Images to Create a Digital Anatomy Encyclopedia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/07

Using 3D Images to Create a Digital Anatomy Encyclopedia

Ever wonder what your hand looks like under your skin?

NASA and Stanford University are teaming up to create a 'digital encyclopedia' of your anatomy. Not just to help you become better informed but to help medical and dental students become better at what they do.

"Not only can they become more familiar and have an easier time learning their anatomy, they can explain it to the patients better and the patient can then interact with their own images," says Paul Brown, DDS, a Stanford researcher.

Stanford researchers are using this digital technology to scan cadavers. Then the high resolution images are reconstructed on the computer. So instead of just looking at the outside of the skull in class, students are looking at amazingly clear 3D images from the inside.

Dr. Brown is hopeful this technology will ultimately be used in medical schools to simulate a surgery or even practice on a virtual patient before the real surgery.

Dr. Brown is also the founder of ehuman.com and he says he is already talking to Google and Yahoo about using a similar system on the web as an anatomy encyclopedia for home use as well.

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