The Human Body in 3D: Beyond Avatars
Musculoskeletal disorders, cancer and vascular disorders diminish the quality of life of hundreds of millions or people the world over. From the standpoint of personalized medicine, access to precise 3D and functional information helps physicians arrive at better diagnoses and offer the right treatment at the right time.
Dr. Jacques de Guise, Canada Research Chair in 3D Imaging and Biomedical Engineering, has been working for more than 20 years in the fields of imaging and physical/morpho-functional modelling of the human body.
De Guise’s research is centred around three main themes: 3D imaging, modelling and computer-aided diagnosis and treatment. De Guise and his team are developing digital methods for processing 3D images and modelling anatomical structures (entire body, skeletal bones, and fine structures of the ear, lungs, liver, kidneys). They also hope to develop ways to merge morphological, functional and physical data for use in clinical settings.
The work carried out by de Guise is benefiting patients in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia by enhancing medical and surgical treatment of scoliosis, ligament tears, arthrosis, cancer, dento-maxillo-facial injuries, severe burns and vascular disorders. As well, a number of companies and major international laboratories are benefiting from the methods and tools designed by de Guise and his team.