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The anatomy of the pelvic floor is complex and difficult to visualize. Thus, a virtual reality (VR) model could be useful both for teaching and research. The aim of this project was to develop a static three-dimensional (3-D) VR model of the normal female pelvic floor. An asymptomatic iparous twenty-three year old female with no urinary incontinence symptoms underwent a high resolution pelvic floor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Manual segmentation of selected pelvic floor structures were performed. 3-D models were then created and edited. The completed models were displayed on an ImmersaDesk VR system. Stereovision glasses were used to enhance the model while a receiver tracked head position. The VR models accurately displayed the anatomy of the female pelvic floor. A 3-D VR model of the female pelvic floor could be used to enhance our understanding of anatomy and physiology of this complex part of the body. It could be used as a tool for both teaching and research, promoting improved treatment of pelvic floor pathologies.
Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 2002. 24th Annual Conference and the Annual Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society EMBS/BMES Conference, 2002. Proceedings of the Second Joint (Volume:3 )
Date of Conference: 23-26 Oct. 2002