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Proc AMIA Symp. 1999:112-6.

Conceptualization of anatomical spatial entities in the Digital Anatomist Foundational Model.

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  • 1Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98195, USA.


Anatomical spatial concepts are indispensable in educational and clinical discourse, yet a system for representing these concepts has not been proposed. Guided by explicit principles and definitions of the Digital Anatomist Foundational Model, we developed an ontology of spaces, surfaces, lines and points that are associated with anatomical structures. Ontologies for Anatomical Structure and Anatomical Spatial Entity were instantiated for the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum. Representing the concepts in--part of--hierarchies as well, provided formative evaluation of the classification. We invite empirical evaluation of the Foundational Model through its use for educational and clinical applications.

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