Creation of a Virtual Anatomy System based on Chinese Visible Human data sets
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Human anatomy learning confronts many difficulties, including the lack of anatomical specimens and limitations in anatomical dissection techniques that can destroy and change the shape and position of anatomic structures. A Virtual Anatomy System can help to overcome these difficulties.
Based on the high-resolution thin-sectional anatomical images of the Chinese Visible Human data set, we created a Virtual Anatomical System, including nearly all male and female anatomical structures.
With this system, medical students can freely observe the detailed anatomical information of the coronal, sagittal, and transverse sections through a 3D-reconstructed realistic model on a personal computer in the local network.
This Virtual Anatomy System is an easy and direct way for students to learn and understand the shape and the relationship of anatomic structures, which can also make the anatomy learning more interesting. Furthermore, it can help students synthetically master the anatomical knowledge.
KeywordsVirtual anatomy system Virtual surgery Chinese Visible Human Three-dimensional reconstruction Sectional anatomy
We thank the donors of the cadavers for contributing the body to our study.
Compliance with ethical standards
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 81100480 and 61190122) (http://www.nsfc.gov.cn).
Conflict of interest
The authors declare no competing interests.
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