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Master of Science


Anatomy & Neurobiology

First Advisor

James H. Johnson


As computers become an increasingly important part of medical education, a proper understanding of the techniques and applications of computer aided modeling is vital. An initial overview of medical imaging and the techniques of computer modeling is presented. Construction of three-dimensional models of anatomical structures is then discussed in great detail with specific focus on modeling structures like the inguinal canal. The inguinal canal is one region where computer modeling efforts should be directed because it presents a special challenge. Understanding the walls, borders and layering of the inguinal canal is especially difficult but vital to accurate clinical diagnoses of hernias. Computer-based instruction based on high-quality three dimensional images promises to greatly enhance students’ learning and comprehension of difficult anatomical structures and relationships.


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