Modeling real-time 3-d lung deformations for medical visualization

IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2008 Mar;12(2):257-70. doi: 10.1109/TITB.2007.899489.


In this paper, we propose a physics-based and physiology-based approach for modeling real-time deformations of 3-D high-resolution polygonal lung models obtained from high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) images of normal human subjects. The physics-based deformation operator is nonsymmetric, which accounts for the heterogeneous elastic properties of the lung tissue and spatial-dynamic flow properties of the air. An iterative approach is used to estimate the deformation with the deformation operator initialized based on the regional alveolar expandability, a key physiology-based parameter. The force applied on each surface node is based on the airflow pattern inside the lungs, which is known to be based on the orientation of the human subject. The validation of lung dynamics is done by resimulating the lung deformation and comparing it with HRCT data and computing force applied on each node derived from a 4-D HRCT dataset of a normal human subject using the proposed deformation operator and verifying its gradient with the orientation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer Systems
  • Elasticity
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung / physiology*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*