Visible Human Server
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Slice, Surface, and Animation extraction
Real-time Slice navigation
3D Anatomical Structure Viewer
Combined 2D and 3D Anatomical Visualization (Beta Version)
Visible Human Video Editor
Sample animations
About us

A few tutorial videos have been added

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Welcome to the Visible Human Server at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). The Peripheral Systems Lab (Prof. R.D. Hersch and his team) is proud to offer a virtual anatomic construction kit on the web using the Visible Human dataset. The applets available on this site provide the following features:

  • Extract slices, curved surfaces, and slice animations from both datasets (male and female)
  • Interactively navigate by slicing through the male dataset in real-time
  • Construct 3D anatomical scenes using combinations of slices and 3D models of internal structures from the male dataset, and extract 3D animations
  • Add voice comments to video sequences generated using the applets

A few samples of animations extracted from our applets can be downloaded here.

We would now like to invite you to discover the fascinating world of human anatomy by using the links on the navigation bar on the left.

Please note that to access applications using the labeling data and the 3D anatomic structures, you must be logged in. If you did not yet register, please click here.

3D view of the digestive system

Slice sequence animation

Slice through the knee (interactive navigation)

Curved Surface passing through the aorta tree

Some history

EPFL's first Visible Human Server started offering slicing services in June 1998. Extraction of curved surfaces was added in 1999, followed in the year 2000 by animation extraction. With the availability of labeled data, new services were developed, and are now offered to the public as a new revised design. You may obtain more information on the technologies that are used for the Visible Human Server.

About the Visible Human datasets

These 3D datasets originate from two bodies that were given to science, frozen and digitized into 1 mm horizontally spaced slices (0.33 mm for the female body) by the University of Colorado (Dr. Victor Spitzer) under contract of the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. The total volume of all slices represents a size of 13 GB of data for the male dataset and 40 GB for the female dataset. The labeling data used by these applications has been licensed from GSM.

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