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10-23-2007, 08:45 PM
V-Palp is a new software available for free.

Palpation of skeletal landmarks (SLs) is an important activity for
various measurement activities within the Biomechanics field: for
example to measure limb length, motion data representation, settings
of EMG. More recently medical imaging allows to access bone modelling
in a relative easy way. Such method allows SLs location directly on
the surface of the bone 3D models. This operation is called "virtual
palpation". As any measurement tool, virtual palpation requires to be
rehearsed in order to be accurate and reproducible. In order to
achieve these goals a new freeware software, called "V-Palp" has been
The Virtual Palpation software (V-Palp) is a software that allows
users to be trained and evaluated on virtual palpation. With V-Palp
you can:

- Visualize accurate 3D Bone Models
- Manipulate the available models with state-of-art virtual environment
- Import your own 3D Model
- Display Anatomical Landmark
- Modify spatial location of landmarks or add new ones
- Use landmark dictionaries to perform actual virtual palpation
- Export landmark coordinates for further processing
- Organize and manage your 3D Models
- Save 3D Scenes as bitmap images

The software allows to import geometries in different format (STL,
VRML, VTK), to visualise the data, to add landmarks in specific
position with a specific name and to evaluate a score for the
palpation with respect to a pre-defined set of landmarks.
The software is in now in beta release and downloadable as a freeware
with example data also available: www.vpalp.org

Debora Testi

Ing. Debora Testi, PhD
Technical Manager
BioComputing Compentence Centre
SCS s.r.l.
Via Magnanelli 6/3, 40033 Casalecchio di Reno, Italy
tel: +39-051-6171334
web: www.b3c.it