500 years ago, the famous anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci opened up a new era in the representation of human anatomy. The images on this page show comparisons of his drawings with modern computer models. The latter were created from medical images using the Voxel-Man visualization system. Although they look completely different, both have their own aesthetics.
The skull sectioned (1489, RCIN 919057) – Images of a 2300 year old Egyptian mummy reconstructed from CT (1989)
The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles (ca. 1490-1492, RCIN 912603) – Image reconstructed from MRI on the cover of Nature Medicine (1995)
The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles (ca. 1490-1492, RCIN 912603) – Head of the Visible Human (1995)
The cardiovascular system and principal organs of a woman (ca. 1509-1510, RCIN 912281) – Torso and internal organs of the Visible Human (2000)
RCIN refers to the inventory number of the Royal Collection.
- Karl Heinz Höhne, Research Activities of the Department of Computer Science in Medicine. Report, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science in Medicine, University of Hamburg, 1989.
- Karl Heinz Höhne, Leonardo meets VOXEL-MAN. In Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 Course Syllabus, Salon and The Well, Long Beach, CA, 2009, 25.
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