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Construction and application of 3D model sequence to illustrate the development of the human embryo
Author(s): Shinobu Mizuta; Koh Kakusho; Yutaka Minekura; Michihiko Minoh; Tomoko Nakatsu; Kohei Shiota
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Paper Abstract

Embryology is one of the basic subjects in medical education, to learn the process of human development especially from fertilization to birth. The shape deformation in the development of human embryo is one of the most important points to be comprehended, but it is difficult to illustrate the deformation by texts, 2D drawings, photographs and so on, because it is extremely complicated. The purpose of our research is to construct a 3D model sequence to illustrate the deformation of human embryo, and to make the model sequence into the teaching materials for medical education. Firstly, 3D images of the specimens of human embryo were acquired using MR microscopy. Next, an initial 3D model sequence was manually modified by comparing with the features of the acquired images under the supervision of medical doctors, because the images were influenced not only by the noise or limitation of resolution in MR image acquisition, but also by the variation of shape depending on the difference of subject. Using the constructed 3D model sequence, CG animations and an interactive VRML system were composed as the teaching materials for embryology. These materials were quite helpful to understand the shape deformation compared with the conventional materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4681, Medical Imaging 2002: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (17 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.466984
Show Author Affiliations
Shinobu Mizuta, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Koh Kakusho, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Yutaka Minekura, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Michihiko Minoh, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Tomoko Nakatsu, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)
Kohei Shiota, Kyoto Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4681:
Medical Imaging 2002: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Seong Ki Mun, Editor(s)

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