05 The Virtual Skeleton Database
Statistical shape analysis enjoys a remarkable popularity within
the medical image analysis community. This technique has the potential
to improve approaches in image guided surgery planning, simulation and
execution. For example, intraoperative CT data acquisition may be
avoided, pathologies could be detected automatically or biomechanical
behavior could be incorporated into the planning stages.
The recurring problem of requiring a large amount of data to build
a valid model occurs when applying these techniques in clinical
situations. Unfortunately, most of the research laboratories lack
proper image management systems. Consequently, even if the collection
and processing of the data was very time consuming, it is often lost
Therefore, the objective of this project is to develop a system
which manages medical images, particularly those of the human
skeleton, the "Virtual Skeleton Database" (VSD). The database will
include high quality images as well as provide a set of tools for
statistical shape analysis.
WP 1 - Virtual Skeleton Database
This work package will develop the technological environment required
to support the VSD project. The objective is to develop appropriate
interfaces which will allow researchers to use collected images and
statistical tools for their research practice.
WP 2 - Statistical Shape and Intensity Analysis Tools for the VSD
The objective of this work package is to develop clinical applications
based on statistical shape models and to seamlessly integrate
web-based access of these tools into the VSD. These applications
include: evaluation and optimal design of orthopedic implants, shape
prediction from sparse data sets for minimally invasive treatments,
and patient-specific shape modeling for planning and intervention.
WP 3 - Statistical Finite Element Modeling for the VSD
The main function of the human skeleton is to provide a strong
mechanical framework to support the body. The objective of this work
package is to exploit the mechanical information available in medical
images and established tools to integrate biomechanical information
into the Virtual Skeleton Database.
Last update on 2009-05-19.