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Use of laser 3D surface digitizer in data collection and 3D modeling of anatomical structures
Author(s): Kelly Tse; Hans Van Der Wall; Dzung H. Vu M.D.
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Paper Abstract

A laser digitizer (Konica-Minolta Vivid 910) is used to obtain 3-dimensional surface scans of anatomical structures with a maximum resolution of 0.1mm. Placing the specimen on a turntable allows multiple scans allaround because the scanner only captures data from the portion facing its lens. A computer model is generated using 3D modeling software such as Geomagic. The 3D model can be manipulated on screen for repeated analysis of anatomical features, a useful capability when the specimens are rare or inaccessible (museum collection, fossils, imprints in rock formation.). As accurate measurements can be performed on the computer model, instead of taking measurements on actual specimens only at the archeological excavation site e.g., a variety of quantitative data can be later obtained on the computer model in the laboratory as new ideas come to mind. Our group had used a mechanical contact digitizer (Microscribe) for this purpose, but with the surface digitizer, we have been obtaining data sets more accurately and more quickly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6056, Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications VII, 60560T (27 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.642020
Show Author Affiliations
Kelly Tse, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Hans Van Der Wall, Concord Hospital (Australia)
Dzung H. Vu M.D., Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6056:
Three-Dimensional Image Capture and Applications VII
Brian D. Corner; Peng Li; Matthew Tocheri, Editor(s)

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