Detection and characteristics of some anthropometric measurements of human bodies on the virtual dissection table

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Background and Aim. Nowadays exist different technological devices and resources that allow using these digital systems, applications, software and platforms for medical education. This study aimed to detect some transversal anthropometrical measurements on the skeletal system of a few virtual human bodies and the advantages/disadvantages of detection of these measurements, using the Anatomage Table.
Material and Methods. The virtual dissection table (version 6.0.3.) was integrated as an additional tool for learning/teaching Human Anatomy at the Department of Morphology of Rīga Stradiņš University. Four digitalized full human bodies (an Asian woman and man; a Caucasian woman and man) were reconstructed from frozen cadavers and were loaded on the Anatomage Table (Anatomage Inc., San Jose, CA, USA). Each human body was processed in thin slices (0.60 – 0.80 – 1.00 mm), photographed at high resolution and digitally reconstructed for examination at multiple angles. In the skeletal system easily identifiable, reliable bilateral three landmarks (acromiale, iliospinale anterius, iliocristale) were chosen and their locations were detected in frontal and sagittal planes. Bi-acromial, bi-iliospinal and bi-iliocristal widths were measured with a distance measurement tool.
Results. Bilateral frontal 24 landmarks (8 acromiale, 8 iliospinale anterius, 8 iliocristale) and bilateral sagittal 24 landmarks (8 acromiale, 8 iliospinale anterius, 8 iliocristale) were determined after several of practice and accuracy. 36 direct measurements (12 widths with 3 times of repeating) were taken on frontal views. Detection of virtual measurements was not the same as in the reality but despite this, calculated values (means, minimal, maximal) of widths showed expected differences between genders and ethnicities.
Conclusions. The findings showed several advantages and limitations in comparison with the traditional anthropometry field. Further studies are suggested to create methods to identify and detect standardized measurements of virtual bodies, using the Anatomage Table.


Congress22nd Congress of European Anthropology Association (EAA), 15th Congress of International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), 5th International Conference of Evolutionary Medicine (ICEM)
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  • Anatomage Table
  • landmarks
  • anthropometry
  • distances
  • virtual body

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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