CT scan data into 3D model

From: Randy Howard (rhoward@aaahawk.com)
Date: Thu Feb 13 2003 - 08:56:29 EET

I am new to this list so I suppose that this topic may already have been addressed.

What I would like to do is take the data from a medical CT scan and convert it into a type that can be used by SolidWorks and/or ProE to create a 3D solid model. Additionally, I would like to be able to save the model as an STL file to later be recreated in resin using the stereolithography process.

I also would like to be able to manipulate the 3D virtual model thus created (in SolidWorks etc.) so that a prosthesis can be designed using the existing geometry of that model for reference. The ultimate goal being creation of the prosthesis in resin, also using stereolithography.

While I have found several very expensive programs claiming to do these tasks, I need to locate an inexpensive solution to these goals. I am working on this project with another engineer and a physician, without payment, in an effort to find a solution which should bring relief to a friend who has suffered greatly from a physical abnormality. Any support or information furthering this project would be greatly appreciated.

Randy Howard
Mechanical Designer
Everett, WA USA

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