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The Visible Human Project

Speaker: Dr Peter Ratiu, Harvard University, USA.

The Visible Human Project® is an outgrowth of the NLM's 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals.

The long-term goal of the Visible Human Project® is to produce a system of knowledge structures that will transparently link visual knowledge forms to symbolic knowledge formats such as the names of body parts.

- text taken from the Visible Human Project website (which is really worth a visit).

Dr. Ratiu, one of the Principal Investigators of the project will present an overview of the accomplishments to date and a summary of the adjacent developments and spin-offs in medical imaging, image processing, computational anatomy and medical education.

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