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NLM 3D Anatomy Collection: Development of a Drupal-based open-source library of medical imaging-derived 3D models

Friday, September 16, 2016 — Poster Session IV

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FAES Terrace


  • KM Browne
  • A Altemus


Medical communications has increasingly benefited from major advances in 3D gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and animation. To support educational developers and medical professionals, this project aims to create an open-source library of 3D anatomical models which are optimized for use in all of the above applications. These models are derived entirely from medical data by persons trained in anatomy and interactive/animation design. This ensures both the accuracy and reliability of all models generated. Through collaboration with medical illustration/animation programs in the US and Canada, we hope to expand this collection, providing the first 3D record of real anatomy openly available to the world. In the future we hope this project will form the basis for further collections, including cellular and subcellular structures, resulting in the first professionally curated and optimized, data-derived source of 3D scientific models.

Category: Computational Biology