BY PAT BARRETT
There I was in the doctor’s office. I sat there as the good doc told me I needed an MRI to check out why my right eye was suddenly on the fritz. After I recovered from the initial shock, I thought (sadly enough), "Cool; I remember hearing you can convert MRI and CatScan files into STL data." After the MRI, I asked the tech if I could get a copy of the data. He happily obliged.
After a little googling, I found a package called Mimics made by Materialise Software This program allows users to clean up different scan layers to keep what they want. It then sweeps a volume around the periphery of the data. It took a little bit to get the convention down, but once I got going it was pretty easy to use. In the end, I was able to output a watertight solid model of my grey matter. Cool.