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A DISTRIBUTED MULTIMEDIA DATABASE AND ENVIRONMENT FOR VIRTUAL "WALKS'' OF 3D MODELS OF HUMAN ORGANS

Objective

The purpose of IAEVA is to provide computer access to the three-dimensional anatomical models of human body organs, which at present can only be flexibly studied on costly specialised equipment. The service will be based on a continuously updated reference library of 3-D models, and will use network infrastructure already available. Retrieval of solid models for study and manipulation will be possible at response times acceptable to all users. User costs will be low, bringing the service within the reach of students of medical science as well as professionals.

Three-dimensional anatomic models of humans organs from Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) is now well established technology. These models are available for viewing and for manipulation, such as rotation and dissection, only on highly expensive imaging systems. The aim of IAEVA is to give such an availability on PCs through a service which will provide a reference library of 3D models, continuously updated with normal and pathological models of human organs. This service will operate at a Pan-European scale using existing and available European network infrastructure.

The service will be available not only over high speed expensive network connections but over low and medium network lines. It will allow retrieval of solid models, even with low speed network lines, at response times that will be acceptable for all perspective users. This constitutes the main design decision of the consortium which is to keep the cost of using the service low, thus opening it up to the largest possible range of users.

The perspective users of the service are medical students, medical professionals and people having an interest in medical science. The service will provide to all users a search mechanism for finding (in a way transparent to the information physical location), viewing and manipulating (rotation, zooming and dissection) solid models of organs. The search mechanism will have different modalities optimised in order to serve the needs of each aforementioned user categories.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Compagnia Internazionale di Elaborazione e Computers SpA
Address
Via Alessandro Farnese 3
Roma
Italy

Participants (4)

BYTE COMPUTER S.A.
Greece
Address
8,El. Venizelou
176 76 Athens
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
The Gateway
Leicester
Libero Instituto Universitario Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
Italy
Address
Via Longoni 83
00155 Roma
NEUROWARE LIMITED
Greece
Address
12,Alitsis Street
10443 Athens