The virtual body is the work of Sergey Makarov at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and his colleagues. They used software to help them stitch the thousands of images together, and the final model was checked by five doctors, each with a different medical specialism. “It needs to be anatomically correct,” says Makarov, who presented the work at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society meeting in Milan, Italy, last month.
Their phantom is the most detailed digital reconstruction of a whole human body ever to be pieced together. She has 231 tissue parts, ranging from windpipe to eyeballs, but is missing nose cartilage and 14 other bits of the body.