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Programme to be held at TD Medical College , Alappuzha

ALAPPUZHA: A demonstration on 3D Indiana, a scientifically accurate and artistically perfect three-dimensional digital rendition of the human body, will be conducted from 2 p.m. at the T.D. Medical College (TDMC) here on Monday.

The software, said to be the first of its kind in the world, is designed by the Kalister Foundation led by Jerome Kalister. It is in short a 3D interactive digital anatomy to assist the study, teaching and research on the human anatomy.

Every named structure in the body is digitally sculpted in detail and deployed in their true anatomical positions in the body, based on CT scans, MRIs, real time dissections and authentic text books, according to the foundation.

By clicking on any part of the body using computer mouse, the user can get the name of the part displayed and can zoom in, rotate or isolate the part for further details.

Fat-free

With the digital structure being fat-free, unlike the human cadavers that medical students presently get during classes, 3D Indiana offers an uncluttered, clear view of every minute detail in the body, the foundation said.

The launch of the software, which has been endorsed by the Anatomical Society of India, had generated widespread attention among the medical fraternity, prompting the idea of introducing it in medical colleges through the National Rural Health Mission so as to replace the current system of using human cadavers.

A brainchild of Dr. Kalister, a medical graduate from TDMC who took to animation and industrial design in Delhi, 3D Indiana ( www.3dindiana.com) was sculpted by a team of 15 professionals over a span of three years.

Patent

The Kalister Foundation has applied for a patent for the invention.

On Monday, students and staff of all five government medical colleges in the State are expected to attend the demonstration, TDMC Students Union office-bearer Jeby Jacob said.

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