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Visible Human in Slicer

Key Investigators

Project Description

The Visible Human Project produced a large data set of physical cross sections, MR, and CT of a human cadaver. This data has been freely available but not redistributable for more almost two decades. Karl Heinz Hoehne from University of Hamburg segmented the data and made beautiful rendering of the data in his VoxelMan system. He has made his segmentation available for open use, and we hope it will allow us to redistribute the original data.

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Objective

Convert the Visible Human Project data into Slicer scenes and evaluate.

Approach and Plan

Progress and Next Steps

  1. Initial VHP Slicer scenes are complete.
  2. Lessons learned:
    • VoxelMan abdominal atlas cannot be saved as segmentation (running out of memory). Potential solutions: 1. use advanced nrrd streamed reading/writing, 2. allow writing of non-overlapping regions into single labelmap. (or maybe allow defining groups that are non-overlapping)
    • It seems that some images are corrupted:
    • head/CT: frozenCT1005 .. frozenCT1013
    • head/labels: labels1125 - Segmentation is not clear (e.g., there are many holes and fractured contours) - What to do with multi-value labels? Merge them or assign different names (add suffix)?

Illustrations

Voxel-man head atlas

Voxel-man abdominal atlas

Background and References