New Approach for 3D Imaging and Geometry Modeling of the Human Inner EarVogel U.
Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS2), Dresden, Germany
Obtaining high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) geometry data performs a necessary assumption for modeling cochlear mechanics. Preferably this procedure has to be done noninvasively to preserve the original morphology. Depending on the actual application, various levels of spatial resolution and tissue differentiation should be reached. Here a new approach is presented which allows 3D imaging of temporal bone specimens with intact regions of interest and spatial resolution currently in the 10-μm range, but providing capabilities for future enhancements down to the submicron level. The technique is based on microtomography by X-rays or synchrotron radiation respectively. The structural data are reconstructed and converted to geometry data by 3D image processing, and eventually transferred into simulation environments, e.g., Finite Element Analysis, but may also be used for general visualization tasks in research, clinics, and education.
Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Vogel
Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems
D–01109 Dresden (Germany)
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Number of Print Pages : 9
Number of Figures : 8, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 52
ORL (Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Its Related Specialties)
Founded 1938 as ‘Practica Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica’ by J. Berberich and E. Schlittler, continued by L. Rüedi 1947–1970, E. Huizinga 1948–1970, C.R. Pfaltz 1968–1984
Vol. 61, No. 5, Year 1999 (Cover Date: September-October 1999)
Journal Editor: W. Arnold, München
ISSN: 0301–1569 (print), 1423–0275 (Online)
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