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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 795650, 7 pages
Research Article

Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Thoracic Structures: Based on Chinese Visible Human

1Institute of Computing Medicine and Department of Human Anatomy, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China
2Department of Dermatology, Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China
3Institute of Bioengineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China

Received 25 August 2013; Accepted 31 October 2013

Academic Editor: Heye Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Yi Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We managed to establish three-dimensional digitized visible model of human thoracic structures and to provide morphological data for imaging diagnosis and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. With Photoshop software, the contour line of lungs and mediastinal structures including heart, aorta and its ramus, azygos vein, superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, thymus, esophagus, diaphragm, phrenic nerve, vagus nerve, sympathetic trunk, thoracic vertebrae, sternum, thoracic duct, and so forth were segmented from the Chinese Visible Human (CVH)-1 data set. The contour data set of segmented thoracic structures was imported to Amira software and 3D thorax models were reconstructed via surface rendering and volume rendering. With Amira software, surface rendering reconstructed model of thoracic organs and its volume rendering reconstructed model were 3D reconstructed and can be displayed together clearly and accurately. It provides a learning tool of interpreting human thoracic anatomy and virtual thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for medical students and junior surgeons.