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3D Modeling Startup BioDigital Launches an API for the Human Body

By: TechCrunch.com

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Imagine a reality where surgeons practice difficult procedures on virtual renditions of their patients before walking into the operating room, and professional athletes review their exact muscle movements on a 3D game tape after they walk off the field.

Now that BioDigital, a 3D human body modeling startup, is releasing its API to the public, this is possible.

Over the past two years, the New York-based startup has worked closely with more than 100 organizations spanning all sectors of healthcare to tailor its virtual human body, comprising 7,000 objects modeled by hand, to specific use cases.

The National Institutes of Health, for instance, is using BioDigital to map bacteria in the body. For MyFace, a nonprofit that provides treatment to patients with craniofacial conditions, the virtual human enables doctors worldwide to learn how to perform cleft palate operations from afar.

“We’ve seen the profound impact that 3D tech has had on video games for the last 15 years, and more recently on geo-browsers and how we navigate planet earth,” says BioDigital founder Frank Sculli. “Nowhere does this make more sense than representing the human body.”

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