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Discussion of Structural Modeling and Functional Simulation

  • Andres Kriete
Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 145)

Summary

A computer model was developed that concerns the structure of the rat lung, which has about 4000 bronchial segments. Casts of a half-adult rat were studied which match the developmental stage of the histological material (see Chaps. 2–5). The method of investigation suggested here is to first measure the main branches of a lung exactly and analyze selected parts of the bronchial tree in detail and, secondly, to use obvious regularities and similarities present in the lung structure to complete a computer model by means of fractal graphics. Stochastic restriction by using measured data of the main branches and a matching against measured data improves the degree of proximity. As a result, a computer model of a complete bronchial tree is designed to study physiology and function after additional implementation of the necessary physical issues.

Keywords

Outer Boundary Bronchial Tree Lung Lobe Lung Structure Bronchial Segment 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andres Kriete
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  1. 1.Image Processing Laboratory Institute of Anatomy and Cell BiologyJustus-Liebeg-UniversityGiessenGermany

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