Accessing a WWW reference library of 3D models of pathological organs to support medical education

M Crudele, G J Clapworthy, F Dong, M A Krokos, N Vasilonikolidakis, G Salcito

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A major aspiration of the medical community is to use multimedia databases to disseminate important research or clinical information and for education. We describe a WWW reference library of 3D models of human organs containing pathological and normal organs organised in cases, together with a variety of educational and supporting tools. Although the emphasis is chiefly on the teaching of medical students and the continuing education of physicians, the library is also a potentially-valuable resource for diagnostic investigation. This paper describes the environment, methodologies and tools for supporting 3D models in medical education. The prototype of the system is currently being completed; the full system is scheduled for public access in the year 2000 through multimedia publishers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-7
Number of pages6
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Curriculum
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Education, Medical
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Internet
  • Libraries, Medical
  • Multimedia
  • Pathology
  • Reference Books
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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