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Stereometric Analysis In The Field Of Anatomy
Author(s): R. A. Liebelt; R. E. Herron
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Paper Abstract

The anatomical sciences have traditionally relied primarily upon descriptive terms in analyzing the form and shape of various parts of the body. Although much insight has been gained by this approach as to the functional and dynamic roles of the various body components, the lack of quantitative data in defining these same structures has become a definite hindrance in attempting to understand more precisely their mechanisms of action. The application of photogrammetry to the analysis of body form and shape provides us for the first time with an opportunity to represent any external portion of the body as a system of coordinate points of the X, Y and Z axes. Thus, with appropriate mathematical manipulations, these values permit one to calculate the volume of a given structure and make comparisons of position and symmetry between different structures of the body as well as members of various sized populations of people. Some specific examples of this application carried out to date by Dr. Herron and his associates include the determination of the volume of amputated stumps of either the upper of lower extremity as an aid in fitting prostheses, the efficacy of various modes of therapy for lymphedema as a result of surgical removal of the breast, and the early detection of changes in the curvature of the spine of children in anticipation of preventing the development of idiopathic scoliosis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1971
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0026, Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences I, (1 June 1971); doi: 10.1117/12.975333
Show Author Affiliations
R. A. Liebelt, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)
R. E. Herron, Baylor College of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0026:
Quantitative Imagery in the Biomedical Sciences I
Robin E. Herron, Editor(s)

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