3D reconstructed elephant hind limbs

  • Scott Birch
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3D reconstructed elephant hind limbs. Scott Birch. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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3D rendered studies of cadaver hind limbs of a euthanized 22 year-old male elephant from the Dallas Zoo, Texas, and sent to Texas A+M University College of Veterinary Medicine for CT (computed tomography) imaging. The models detail bone degeneration of the stifle (knee) and hock (ankle) joints, possibly due to osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease or arthrosis. 563 CT images at 2 millimetres slice thickness were utilised for this series. These 2D images were converted into 3D representations using tissue segmentation based on tissue density, resulting in Stereolithography (.STL) 3D models of the skin and brain, cardiovascular system and skeletal system. The models were then textured and rendered to produce these images. The left model measures 102.45 cm height x 38.66 cm length x 21.03 cm width. The right model measures 117.74 cm height x 45.95 cm length x 30.95 cm width.


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