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3D reconstruction of bone using Seg3D, image via www.sci.utah.eduImageVis3D is a volume-rendering program that has three design goals. It strives to be simple with a flexible user interface. Scalability means users can use laptops and “high end graphics workstation[s]” to “explore terabyte sized data sets.” And interactivity means that the program itself can be reused and extended in parts by other developers. If that isn’t enough, they’ve made a mobile app for it.
Torso model using ImageVis3D, image via www.sci.utah.eduLike Seg3D, this program also is used for biomedical simulation of 3D volumes. Without getting too technical, it combines the processes of most other simulation studies used in biomedicine, called image-based geometric modeling. The problem with this type of simulation is that it requires a lot of computer technical skill and knowledge not readily accessible by users in biomedicine. Therefore, the developers combined the complexity of IBGM with a bottom-up software development approach that focuses on “standalone software systems for tasks that are ubiquitous across many projects.” Translation: more general, easier-to-use software. The result is a set of tools that are easily accessible to those unfamiliar with complicated computer knowledge but that can render complex biomedical models. Its accessibility is supported by a mobile app for the program. Every one of these 15 programs allows researchers to investigate and potentially solve some very complex medical conditions. And they are all free. The labs only ask that users acknowledge the software in their publications so the researchers can continue receiving grant funding. It’s that easy. Sherin Wing writes on social issues as well as topics in architecture, urbanism, and design. She is a frequent contributor to Archinect, Architect Magazine and other publications. She is also co-author of The Real Architect’s Handbook. She received her PhD from UCLA. Follow Sherin on Twitter at @xiaying For Previous Lab Reports follow this link.