Simpleware, COMSOL Integrate 3D Imaging and Simulation for Biomedical Industry

24 Oct, 2007

Newly developed software interface enables biomedical and bioengineering users to export meshes of 3D scan data created with +ScanFE to COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 for modeling and simulation.

Simpleware and COMSOL joined forces to provide an export interface from Simpleware's 3D image-based meshing software, +ScanFE, to COMSOL's Multiphysics v3.4 simulation environment. The export reportedly will enable users in the biomedical and bioengineering industries to directly export meshes of 3D magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and microcomputed tomography scan data created with +ScanFE to COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 for modeling and simulation without the need for remeshing or preprocessing.

"We are striving to provide best-in-class software solutions for all design, simulation, and product-development needs," said Simpleware's Philippe Young. "The partnership with COMSOL will further enhance our position as the leading provider of tools for the conversion of 3D images to simulation models."

+ScanFE generates volume and surface meshes, contact surfaces, and material properties from segmented data, all of which can be exported to COMSOL Multiphysics. The new functionality involves two steps: first, ScanIP segments the regions of interest from the scan data, then +ScanFE generates an input file for COMSOL Multiphysics. After the file is imported, users can leverage COMSOL to model, simulate, and design biomedical applications such as hip joint replacements, vascular therapy, and drug delivery.

"The ability to create multiphysics models from MRI data is something that many of our biomed and bioengineering users have demanded," said Ed Fontes, vice-president of applications at COMSOL. "This new cooperation with Simpleware places COMSOL Multiphysics on the leading edge of biomedical and bioengineering modeling, design, and simulation."