Analytical Imaging and Modeling Center: Technology & Tools

The imaging technologies available at the Analytical Imaging and Modeling (AIM) Center involve recordings of the patient’s likeness, which helps the medical staff at Children’s plan and optimize treatment. The broad spectrum of imaging technologies include:
  • 3D Surface Scan


    A 3-D surface scan takes pictures of the patient to provide a visual record of the condition. The images are taken in a booth that includes several cameras. These cameras are positioned to obtain photographs from multiple angles of the anatomy under consideration. This may involve the face, the entire head, the torso or the whole body. The images are then combined to create a photorealistic 3-D static image of the patient.

    A team of experts from Children’s, including surgeons and therapists, reviews these 3-D images and make recommendations for the care of the patient.

  • 3D Surface Motion Capture


    An image from 3-D surface motion capture is similar to video recordings captured using a regular video camera. The difference is that multiple cameras are used to capture multiple videos from different angles. These multiple videos are then processed to produce a 3-D surface video that can be seen from different angles.

    The videos generated from this system are further analyzed by physicians and therapists at Children’s to provide better diagnosis and assessment of the patient’s condition.

  • Kinematic Motion Capture


    Kinematic motion capture is a type of imaging that helps describe the movement and muscle activity of a human body that the eye cannot see. It provides information on how the patient walks or performs certain tasks. The images are captured with multiple cameras while the patient walks, jumps or talks.

    Physicians, therapists and scientists at Children’s will review the data obtained from this system to recommend treatments and improve patient care.