A real-time dynamic 3D model of the human inguinal region for surgical education

Manuel López-Cano*, Javier Rodríguez-Navarro, Alfonso Rodríguez-Baeza, Manuel Armengol-Carrasco, Antonio Susín

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A suitable dynamic 3D model that allows the simulation of the inguinal region with real-time performance on a personal computer was developed. A geometric model adjusted to real data was created by means of semiautomatic contour segmentation of anatomic units from the visible human project and data generated from classical anatomic information. A dynamic model included converting muscular units from their continuous geometric representation into a set of voxels and then real-time interaction and performance. The current implementation enables deformation of the realistic model associated with pushing and stretching interaction, allowing immersion in the anatomy of the inguinal structures. The model does not allow simulation of surgical interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1321-1326
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007


  • Inguinal region
  • Surgical education
  • Virtual reality


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