Volume manipulations for simulating bone and joint surgery

Ming Dar Tsai, Ming Shium Hsieh

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Bone and joint surgery is widely used in orthopedic, oral, and maxillofacial, and dental and plasty departments to correct bone and joint pathology such as bone and joint tumors and fractures, and skeletal morphological deformities. This article presents a voxel structure to represent topologically and geometrically correct surfaces and algorithms to accurately compute intersections of tool swept surfaces with bones based on this voxel structure. This article then presents various volume manipulation algorithms to operate on virtual bones, bone grafts, and prostheses for bone and joint surgery simulations. A complicated knee arthroplasty illustrates the practicality and versatility of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-149
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • Bone and joint surgery
  • Surface voxelization
  • Surgical simulations
  • Volume manipulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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