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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Visible Human Project

The Visible Human Project was established in 1989 to build a digital image library of volumetric data representing complete, normal adult male and female anatomy.

When I first saw The Visible Human Project back in high school, I was amazed by the cryosections trip through the body. Obtained by freezing and photographing as millimeter thin sections were shaved off, the cryo set totals 1,871 images (there are also MRI and CT sets). To see the body as a sequence of sections from head to toe was so different than textbooks or photographs of single specimens. The gallery link is for an sample of the data, you'll need to apply if you want the full data set for your own use. Otherwise, there are tools you can use to view the sets in different ways.

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