Computed tomography (CT) scans have long been used as a diagnostic tool in many areas of medicine. With advances in computer image analysis methods, it is now possible to generate 3-D polygonal reconstructions from CT scans, which provide an accurate representation of the muscles and skeleton of the patient. The Mimics program (Materialise, Leuven, Belgium) is one of several available software packages that through user dependent interactive techniques can create these 3-D reconstructions of body parts from CT scans.

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