CAVEman, An Object-Oriented Model of the Human Body

  • Christoph W. SensenEmail author
  • Jung Soh


We have created the world's first object-oriented atlas of the male adult human anatomy. The system, which is called CAVEman, is a surface model based on the ontology contained in Terminologia Anatomica. CAVEman, which was built using Java 3D™, contains more than 3,000 independent objects, including all bones and muscles, as well as internal organs and skin. We have begun to equip the CAVEman model with functionality that allows the mapping of volumetric information onto the atlas and subsequent morphing, the combination of gene expression data with the anatomy, as well as the overlaying of pharmacological information onto the model. The surface model of the human anatomy opens up many new avenues for research and development. Soon, the system will be used for patient consultation, the mining of gene expression and metabolic data sets and probably surgical planning.


Anatomical Atlas Local Ontology Volumetric Information Economic Partnership Agreement Stereo Display 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sun Center of Excellence for Visual GenomicsUniversity of Calgary, Faculty of MedicineCalgaryCanada

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