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    Dear Biomch-L readers,

    While browsing through the NIH Funding database mentioned some days ago, I
    came across the following item. I'd be grateful for any comments posted or
    emailed on this fascinating project.

    Regards -- Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL
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    Date: Wed, 20 Jun 90 12:39:31 EDT
    Sender: NIH Guide Primary Distribution
    Subject: From NIH GUIDE - Vol. 19, No. 23, June 22, 1990
    (LISTSERV@JHUVM file NIHGDE-L 90-00126)




    P.T. 34; K.W. 1004004, 1004005, 0705000, 0706030

    National Library of Medicine

    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is undertaking a project to build a
    digital image library of volumetric data representing a complete normal adult
    human male and female. This "Visible Human Project" will include digital
    images derived from photographic images from cryosectioning, computerized
    tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging of cadavers. This project is
    viewed as a cornerstone for a future set of related image libraries and a test
    platform for developing methods and standards.

    Technologies underlying computer-based representation and display of complex
    three-dimensional biological structure are sufficiently mature that the NLM
    can proceed with building prototype digital image libraries. The NLM's Long
    Range Planning effort of 1985-86 foresaw a coming era where the NLM's biblio-
    graphic and factual database services would be complemented by libraries of
    digital images, distributed over high-speed computer networks and by high-
    capacity physical media. The NLM Planning Panel on Electronic Imaging was
    convened to recommend when and how the NLM might proceed in the development
    of such digital image libraries. Much of our understanding of complicated
    processes of health and disease lies in images, pictures of body systems,
    organs, and molecules which cannot effectively be described in words.

    This project will be implemented in three phases:

    Phase 1 Acquisition of cadavers, CT and MRI data sets, and selection of a
    "typical" male and female cadaver for Stages 2 and 3

    Phase 2 Acquisition of anatomy data set from either male or female cadaver

    Phase 3 Acquisition of anatomy data set from remaining female or male cadaver

    The major technical risks associated with this project will be the selection
    of the two cadavers which will prove to be appropriate for use in Phase 2 and
    Phase 3; and the techniques of tissue sectioning and image capture sufficient
    to obtain the required results. The Ad Hoc Technical Evaluation Committee
    will provide oversight at the transition points between phases 1 and 2 and
    between phases 2 and 3.

    The contractor will be evaluated by the Ad Hoc Technical Evaluation Committee
    after the completion of Phase 1. Such evaluation may be on the basis of the
    contractor's Phase 1 report, by presentation to the committee or by site visit
    to the contractor's site by committee members.

    RFP NLM-90-114/SLC will be available in late June 1990, and proposals will be
    due 30 days thereafter. Copies of the Request for Proposals may be obtained
    by written request only to:

    National Library of Medicine
    Office of Acquisitions Management
    8600 Rockville Pike
    Building 38A, Room B1N17
    Bethesda, MD 20894
    Attention: Sharon Cummings
    Telephone: (301) 496-6546