Anatomical Modelling of the Musculoskeletal System from MRI

  • Benjamin Gilles
  • Laurent Moccozet
  • Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4190)


This paper presents a novel approach for multi-organ (musculoskeletal system) automatic registration and segmentation from clinical MRI datasets, based on discrete deformable models (simplex meshes). We reduce the computational complexity using multi-resolution forces, multi-resolution hierarchical collision handling and large simulation time steps (implicit integration scheme), allowing real-time user control and cost-efficient segmentation. Radial forces and topological constraints (attachments) are applied to regularize the segmentation process. Based on a medial axis constrained approximation, we efficiently characterize shapes and deformations. We validate our methods for the hip joint and the thigh (20 muscles, 4 bones) on 4 datasets: average error=1.5mm, computation time=15min.


Collision Detection Medial Surface Medial Axis Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Image Deformable Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Gilles
    • 1
  • Laurent Moccozet
    • 1
  • Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann
    • 1
  1. 1.MIRALabUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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