Anatomical Segmentation

Location: Adelaide, SA

Duration: 4 months

Proposed start date:  July 2019

Project Background

Fusetec 3D is an advanced medical simulation device manufacturer that replicate the human anatomy for medical training. This project focusses on the thorax region of the human anatomy. This region has been highlighted as key area of need for highly advanced training devices, as it contains numerous important parts of the human anatomy including heart, lungs, ribs and sternum, and the thoracic spine. The creation of this device, which will match human anatomy in look and feel, will be used by many specialising surgeons including cardiologists.

Research to be Conducted

An MRI and/or CT scan will be supplied to the intern in which they are required to segment into all the various anatomical structures of the thorax. Each structure will be individually exported as an STL. Each STL will then require editing and mesh fixing to create the end product. The end product will feature a base model with several removable cassettes, each containing an anatomical structure of importance such as the heart, left or right lung etc. After editing, the STLs are required to be brought to a stage in which they can be successfully manufactured via a process called mesh repairing/fixing. Upon successful mesh repair, each STL (anatomical structure) is assigned a material that will simulate the feel of the corresponding living human structure. Finally, the device will be manufactured for trials to be performed and required alterations to be recorded. (All under surgical guidance)

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • Familiarity with the human anatomy systems (in particular, the systems within the thorax).
  • Ability to read and identify various anatomical structures on radiographs (MRI, CT, etc.)


  • Experience with segmentation of anatomical structures (Materialise Mimics, Simpleware ScanIP, OsiriX, etc.).

Expected Outcomes

It is expected the intern(s) have completed an accurate segmentation of the thorax, including all skeletal structures, muscles, organs, veins, arteries and nerves. As part of this, the intern(s) are expected to become familiar and fluent with the processes involved with segmenting anatomical structures in Materialise Mimics (the software of choice at Fusetec 3D), as well as STL editing (Autodesk Netfabb, Meshmixer), and STL repairing (Materialise 3-matic).

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

19 June 2019


APR – 0966