With the emergence of digitial volumetric imaging techniques, such as Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR), computer graphics has found a expanded field of application and provided medicine with new tools for visualizing anatomical data.

The Visualization Project at UW-L has been working to develop visualization tools for exploring anatomical data sets in the undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology curriculum since 1994.
The Digital Cadaver (TM) environment is a client/server set of software for visualizing anatomical data sets such as the Visible Human Project data set commissioned by the National Library of Medicine. The software environment is designed to provide undergraduates in Anatomy & Physiology with an intuitive, non-technical, set of tools for independently imaging anatomical structures.
The data segmentation algorithms used in the Digital Cadaver (TM) environment have been implemented in a 3D immersive system based upon the Fakespace Immersive Workbench technology and a 3D position/orientation tracked probe. This provides the user with the illusion that the data set resides in physical space and can be manipulated and segmented by the user. This work was begun at the NASA Ames Research Center Biocomputation Laboratory during the summer of 1997.

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