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Imaging Outcomes from the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project.
Under contract to The National Library of Medicine, the University of Colorado School of Medicine undertook the task of collecting the image data sets. In November 1994, images for the normal adult male were released to the public, followed in November 1995 by those of the normal adult female. The data sets include standard CT and MR images and color cryosections for the entire bodies. Cryosections were obtained from the cadavers while frozen to 2708C. A specially designed milling device was fashioned as a cryomacrotome. The male was sectioned at 1 mm increments in the axial plane from head to toe (1878 sections) with the female done at 0.33 mm (5190 sections). Following each pass of the macrotome a digital photograph was taken and ultimately cropped to 2048 x 1216 pixels £ 24-bits of color. Film images in 35 and 70 mm also were acquired.
The international scope of involvement with the Visible Human Data Set is illustrated by the authorship of the papers appearing here-in addition to those from the United States are two from Germany, one from France and one from the United Kingdom.