500 years ago, the famous anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci opened up a new era in the representation of human anatomy. His studies still provide inspirations today, as for the 3D computer models, created from medical images with the VOXEL-MAN 3D visualization system. Both versions, shown here side by side, show the anatomy in their very own aesthetics.
The skull sectioned (1489, RCIN 919057) | 2300 year old Egyptian mummy reconstructed from CT (1989)
The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles (ca. 1490-1492, RCIN 912603) | 3D Reconstruction 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)
The original drawings by Leonardo have been part of the Royal Collection since the 17th century, RCIN refers to the inventory number.
- 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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