The Computational Bioengineering Lab –BIC- by the
Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna
(Italy) announces the release of the second
dataset belonging to the Living Human Digital
Library –LHDL- multiscale musculoskeletal data
collection, relative to LHDL_Donor1 (78 years old
woman cadaver, height: 171 cm, weight:64 kg), consisting of:
- whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- upper limbs Computer Tomography (CT ) from head to iliac crest
- lower limbs Computer Tomography (CT)
from pelvis to feet (two partially overlapping CT
scans were taken due to specimen length).

The datasets are spatially registered.
Registration was achieved with standard SVD
techniques on markers placed on the imaging beds,
with residual errors of 0.2 mm for lower-to-upper
limbs CT, and of 0.9 mm for the MRI-to-CT registration.
A low-resolution model of the entire skeleton
(named Locate) is also included to make spatial
alignment possible with other data resources coming from the same donor.

The data can be accessed from the
service, an interactive digital library service
hosted on the Biomedtown portal, designed to
manage and share a large collection of
heterogeneous biomedical data. PhysiomeSpace
provides free accounts with up to 1 GB of on-line
storage space and it is free to use for no profit
research purposes under the LHDL license
A license for commercial use of the LHDL data
collection is also available, for more information please contact:
This initiative is part of a bigger plan which by
the end of 2010 will see the publication of the entire LHDL_Donor1 collection.

How to access the PhysiomeSpace resources:
To be able to access the LHDL multiscale collection, you firstly need to:
- register to the BiomedTown portal,
- subscribe to the PhysiomeSpace user group,
- install the PSLoader© client application.
For more detailed instructions, please read the
“How to get access to the service” section, at
You are now ready to download the data
repository. Go
to and:
- search within the available data
resources and then add those you wish to download
to your basket, clicking on the shopping cart
icon next to it. Now you are ready to download the resource with PSLoader©- Open PSLoader© and authenticate,
inserting BT username and password.
To finalise the download into PSLoader©, follow
this path: Operations>Manage>Download from
basket. Proceed saving the data. A window called
“Download from basket” will open, listing the
resources currently in your basket. At the end of
the download process, the downloaded data
resources will appear in the PSLoader© data tree,
and you can start working on them.

About the LHDL project:
The Living Human Digital Library (LHDL) research
FP6-2004-ICT- 026932) was a STREP Project
co-funded by the European Commission's as part of
the 6th Framework Programme. The project, under
the scientific coordination of the Istituto
Ortopedico Rizzoli (IOR, Italy), ran for three
years from February 2006 to February 2009 and saw
the participation of the University of
Bedfordshire (U.K.), the Université Libre de
Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), the Open University
(U.K.) and the CINECA Super Computing Centre (Italy).

About PhysiomeSpace:
On the basis of the technology developed during
the LHDL, CINECA spin-off Super Computing
Solutions (SCS) has recently started an
interactive digital library service, called
designed to manage and share with other
researchers large collection of heterogeneous
biomedical data such as medical imaging, motion
capture, biomedical instrumentation signals, finite element models, etc.

For further information on the data collection please visit:



Giovanna Farinella, Martina Contin, Enrico
Schileo and Marco Viceconti for the
BioEngineering Computing Laboratory of Istituto
Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy

Giovanna Farinella
Biomedical Engineer
BioEngineering Computing Laboratory
Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli
Via di Barbiano 1/10, 40126, Bologna (Italy)
tel +39-51-6366965
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