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Mdruss
02-27-1995, 12:28 AM
To John and other interested netters,
The February issue of Computer Graphics World (CGW), available at most
bookstores, contains an article entitled Rapid Prototyping in Medicine, which
seems as if it would fit your needs exactly. It is a five page article with
pictures explaining the history, types, and present uses of this technology
in the medical world. It is a good beginning article and contains names and
locations of vendors of the competing systems, and I strongly suggest you
read for a better understanding of the field as the software is closely
coupled with the hardware needed and in addition it points out other needs,
such as some type of compatible modeling software in the Autocad,
Microstation or Pro/Engineer range, and if necessary, some type of image
acquisition software if you are thinking of using CT or MRI images as sources
for your models. A couple of good starting points are Imaging on the
Internet at http://netlab.itd.nrl.navy.mil/imaging.html which contains links
to the various usenet newsgroups and also public domain packages available by
ftp (I assume you are using Netscape or Mosaic which are also freely availabe
by ftp at ftp://ftp.mcom/netscape/ or http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu,
respectively). Another site is Medical Imaging on the World Wide Web at
http://agora.leeds.ac.uk/comir/resourcs/links.html which contains numerous
pointers to imaging sites. Also try the Reconstruction home page at
http://biocomp.arc.nasa.gov/3dreconstruction/ for numerous descriptions of
available software both commercial and public domain, some of it
downloadable. Hope this gives you a good start.


Mark D. Russ, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Virginia
mruss@virginia.edu