CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Computer Simulation is a powerful tool used by many computer scientists and engineers to simulate complicated physical systems and design new technologies. This powerful technique is currently employed by the UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center (MAGIC) in their ArtiSynth Project.
ArtiSynth is a 3D Biomechanical Modeling Toolkit that allows computer scientists, engineers and even regular doctors to make complicated mathematical predictions of the human body. By combining rigid-body skeletal components as well as 3D finite element soft-body objects, the program allows its users to model the complex biomechanical interactions that occurs between the rigid bones and the soft muscles of the human body.
Though it is still in its development phase, ArtiSynth is already used in many medical research projects including the OPAL Project.
Using ArtiSynth, researchers have constructed a 3D computer model of the human pharyngeal and laryngeal complex. This model can be used to measure internal forces and neuromotor activation levels of the muscles around the oralpharangeal area and determine the effects of muscle damage and paralysis (due to surgery or stroke) on swallowing and speech.
The ArtiSynth Project