Korean J Anat.  2005 Feb;38(1):1-9.

Computer-Aided Geometric Modeling and Animation of the Cervical Spine

  • 1Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. ahnhsmk@hanmail. net


This paper presents a technique to build a topological cervical vertebrae computer model based on CT scan data and to animate the flexion motion of the model with in vitro experimental data from our laboratory. This technique utilized commercial software to reconstruct the human cervical vertebrae and to produce the animation of the model. This simple and effective method can e adapted to other biological tissues and other types of medical image data such as MRI scan data. The computer model constructed from medical images provides both structural and topological information about the human cervical spine. Since the model was constructed in an appropriate file format, it can be employed any engineering program for finite element analysis and multibody dynamic simulation.


Human cervical vertebrae; 3-D geometric modeling; Animation; Multibody dynamic simulation
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