Development of Biomechanical Spine Models from CT and MRI
The ability to visualize internal structures is in many cases essential to both understanding bodily function and for physicians to determine the best patient treatment options. Medical imaging techniques such as X-ray computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are used to visualize internal body structures in two dimensions but cannot provide a comprehensive three dimensional image without further processing and refinement.
In this project, medical imaging data will be used to develop an interactive geometric spine model that can show external features and incorporate surrounding tissues. This model will then be adapted to demonstrate biomechanical properties such as internal stresses.
Creation of patient specific spine models can provide physicians better data to determine patient treatment options and can be used in surgical planning. Viewing geometry and stresses in a generic model will provide students with a means to better understand basic spine structure, properties and function.
Sponsor: Community Spine and Neurosurgery Institute