Interactive anatomical 3d-visualisation powered by X3D/VRML




Interactive 3D Visualization technique represents an important diagnosis and therapy planning tool. It cannot be compensated with simple 2D Pictures or static 3D Views.

Multimedia teaching tools which contain textual information, non-interactive videos and restricted pseudo three-dimensional scenarios can considerably contribute to the understanding of medical facts by the completion of interactive 3D Components. Multiuser environments are also an important aspect to recognize coherence of single events in patients physical health and to support medical teachings.

Until now, these techniques are not applicable every time and everywhere. Insufficient software functionality and quality, competitive and proprietary software and hardware as well as different system requirements for visualization aggravated the distribution of interactive 3D Systems.

So far, there is no common standard for 3D Geometry in medicine, like the Dicom files. These files include medical 2D Images, patient information and acquisition details in a special syntax.

Besides many simple 3D File formats, there are also considerably "more intelligent" specifications, like the XML compliant X3D specification. The new system reduces or eliminates all disadvantages of the regular systems and opens new Potentials.


Legal information

This is a non profit research (diploma,master, phd - university of applied sciences dortmund) project in cooperation with the Gr�nemeyer Institute of Microtherapy and the University of Witten Herdecke.

Thanks to RSInc. (RSI Visible Human CD1.0), Gr�nemeyer Institute of Microtherapy (Dicom CT, MR), Johannes Hospital Dortmund (Dicom CT) and Prof. Dr. Dr. H.G. Lipinski - University of Applied Sciences (Various CT, MR) for the Image Datasets.


Features (public Version 1.0.0)

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History, News, Version changes

01-01-2000 - 01-04-2003 # N-TV News report, Various Publiculations

22-04-2004 # interactive (X3D/VRML) Dicom2Texture-Test: Just enter your dicomfile and the file is directly rendered into 3d-space...

27-04-2004 # MedWorld3D-Demo (VRML), auto-generated by 3DGen...

27-04-2004 # Dicom2Texture (VRML) Large-File Demo...

15-06-2004 # Newspaper article about the university of applied sciences and the medical computer sciences working group in IT-Connect 02, May 2004 (only in german)

16-06-2004 # MedWorld3D is accepted for presentation at siggraph2004 in L.A. 

01-08-2004 # Video-Demo MedWorld3D (quicktime, mpeg-4, 18.5MByte, 400x300pixels): 3D-Gen Version 1.5.0, Worldeditor Version 2.0.0, Lumbal/Discus Puncture Simulator 2.5.0 ...

01-09-2004 # Siggraph 2004 Los Angeles is over. Infos in the download section.


System overview and Screenshots

Screenshot overview generated by JAlbum 3.6.


Demos and Downloads




Upcoming Winter 04/Spring05. First version was implemented in pure MS-Visual-c++ and OpenGl. The new version uses the MedWorld3D-VRML/X3D-Core. It supports all the (interactive) features of MedWorld3D and some new components especially for microscopic visualization.


Teaser Images