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LHDL data collection, third release: muscles quantitative data and thigh muscle external surfaces models

by Martina Contin last modified 2010-07-28 17:39

The Computational Bioengineering Lab –BIC- by the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna (Italy) announces the release of the third selection of data belonging to the Living Human Digital Library –LHDL- multiscale musculoskeletal data collection relative to LHDL_Donor1.

From today two new data resources are available.

The first includes muscles quantitative data obtained by the dissection of the lower limbs skeleton. Muscle surfaces, tendon fibres, muscle origins and insertions, with associated measurements of muscle volumes, muscle lines of actions and sarcomere length are reported for each muscle.

The second dataset consists of faceted models of the external surfaces of the thigh muscles, resulting from the segmentation of the previously published whole body MRI scan of the donor’s skeleton.
A low-resolution model of the muscles thigh (named Locate) is also included to make spatial alignment possible with other data resources coming from the same donor.

The data can be accessed from the PhysiomeSpace service, an interactive digital library service hosted on the Biomedtown portal, designed to manage and share a large collection of heterogeneous biomedical data. PhysiomeSpace provides free accounts with up to 1 GB of on-line storage space and it is free to use for no profit research purposes under the LHDL license agreement. A license for commercial use of the LHDL data collection is also available, for more information please contact:

This initiative is part of a bigger plan which by the end of 2010 will see the publication of the entire LHDL_Donor1 collection.


How to access the PhysiomeSpace resources:

To be able to access the LHDL multiscale collection, you firstly need to:
- register to the BiomedTown portal,
- subscribe to the PhysiomeSpace user group,
- install the PSLoader© client application.
For more detailed instructions, please read the “How to get access to the service” section.
You are now ready to download the data repository. Go to and:
- search within the available data resources and then add those you wish to download to your basket, clicking on the shopping cart icon next to it. Now you are ready to download the resource with PSLoader©.
- Open PSLoader© and authenticate, inserting BT username and password.
To finalise the download into PSLoader©, follow this path: Operations>Manage>Download from basket. Proceed saving the data. A window called “Download from basket” will open, listing the resources currently in your basket. At the end of the download process, the downloaded data resources will appear in the PSLoader© data tree, and you can start working on them.

About the LHDL project:

The Living Human Digital Library (LHDL) research project (, FP6-2004-ICT- 026932) was a STREP Project co-funded by the European Commission's as part of the 6th Framework Programme. The project, under the scientific coordination of the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (IOR, Italy), ran for three years from February 2006 to February 2009 and saw the participation of the University of Bedfordshire (U.K.), the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), the Open University (U.K.) and the CINECA Super Computing Centre (Italy).

About PhysiomeSpace:

On the basis of the technology developed during the LHDL, CINECA spin-off Super Computing Solutions (SCS) has recently started an interactive digital library service, called PhysiomeSpace, designed to manage and share with other researchers large collection of heterogeneous biomedical data such as medical imaging, motion capture, biomedical instrumentation signals, finite element models, etc.

For further information on the data collection please visit: