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Visible Human Project

Three images created from Visible Human Data around 2000 in contrast to similar images drawn by Leonardo DaVinci around 1500.
Project information
Researchers: 

The Visible Human Project® (VHP) is an NLM research project conducted since 1994 by the NLM/LHNCBC Office of High Performance Computing and Communications. VHP data sets are licensed to researchers, and research articles acknowledge their use.

The NLM VHP Web site provides information about the project:

  • VHP overview and its origin, goals, and usage
  • The Visible Human Male and the Visible Human Female data sets
  • VHP applications developed at NLM or under NLM direction
  • Getting the Data” including license agreement documents, “The Visible Human Project: From Data to Knowledge” about NLM-funded VHP research projects, digitally encoded videos (requires RealPlayer), and a sampler of VHP images and animations
  • Applications for viewing images, sources of images and animations, products based on the data sets, tools for use with the data sets, media productions (for example, fly-throughs), and related projects (for example, a virtual human embryo)
  • VHP Conference Proceedings
  • Bibliographies of journal articles dated between 1987 and May 2014 that reference the VHP

The Insight Toolkit (ITK) project and software are current VHP activities.

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Please send queries about the Project to vhp@nlm.nih.gov.

The header above contains three images created from Visible Human Data around 2000 in contrast to similar images drawn by Leonardo DaVinci around 1500.

Publications/Tools: 
Benjamin A. Rifkin, Ackerman MJ. Human Anatomy (From the Renaissance to the Digital Age). New York: Harry N. Abrams; 2006. 344 pages.
Ackerman MJ. Anatomy in the Digital Age. In: Rifkin BA, Ackerman MJ. Human Anatomy: From the Renaissance to the Digital Age. 2006 May 2. New York: Abrams. p. 318-329.
Ackerman MJ. Visible Human Project. McGraw-Hill 2004 Yearbook of Science & Technology. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2004. p. 369-72.
Thoma GR, Razi A, Seamans J, Strupp-Adams A, Edwards L, Gao J, Ledoux MT. Dataset: AnatQuest
Ratiu P, Hillen B, Glaser J, Jenkins DB. Visible Human 2.0 - The Next Generation. In: Westwood JD, Hoffman HM, Mogel GT, Phillips R, Robb RA, Stredney D, editors. Stud Health Technol Inform [Studies in Health Technology and Informatics] -- Proceedings of the 11th annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference; 2003 Jan;94:275-81. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
Ackerman MJ. The Visible Human Project Moves from Data to Knowledge. Lékař a technika. 2002;33(1):4-12.
Ackerman MJ. Visible Human Project: From Data to Knowledge. In: Haux R, Kulikowski C, editors. Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2002: Medical Imaging Informatics. International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). p. 115-7.
Ackerman MJ, Yoo T, Jenkins D. From Data to Knowledge - The Visible Human Project Continues. In: Patel VL, Rogers R, Haux R, editors. Stud Health Technol Inform [Studies in Health Technology and Informatics] – MEDINFO 2001: Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Medical Informatics (2001 Sep 2-5; London);84(Part II):887-90. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
Ackerman MJ, Banvard RA, guest editors. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics;24(3). Elsevier; 2000.
Ackerman MJ, Banvard RA. Imaging Outcomes from the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2000 May-Jun;24(3):125-6.

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