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In trauma, many injuries impact anatomical structures, which may in turn affect physiological processes - not only those processes within the structure, but also ones occurring in physical proximity to them. Our goal with this research is to model mechanical interactions of different body systems and their impingement on underlying physiological processes. We are particularly concerned with pathological situations in which body system functions that normally do not interact become dependent as a result of mechanical behavior. Towards that end, the proposed TRAUMAP system (Trauma Modeling of Anatomy and Physiology) consists of three modules: (1) a hypothesis generator for suggesting possible structural changes that result from the direct injuries sustained; (2) an information source for responding to operator querying about anatomical structures, physiological processes, and pathophysiological processes; and (3) a continuous system simulator for simulating and illustrating anatomical and physiological changes in three dimensions. Models that can capture such changes may serve as an infrastructure for more detailed modeling and benefit surgical planning, surgical training, and general medical education, enabling students to visualize better, in an interactive environment, certain basic anatomical and physiological dependencies.
Jonathan Kaye, "TrauMAP - Integrating Anatomical and Physiological Simulation (Dissertation Proposal)", . January 1995.
Date Posted: 27 June 2007