The MAP client: User-friendly musculoskeletal modelling workflows

J Zhang, Hugh Sorby, John Clement, C.D. Thomas, P Hunter, Poul Nielsen, David Lloyd, Mark Taylor, Thor Besier

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    Subject-specific models of the musculoskeletal system are capable of accurately estimating function and loads and show promise for clinical use. However, creating subject-specific models is time-consuming and requires high levels of expertise. To address these issues, we have developed the open source Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP) Client software. The MAP Client provides a user-friendly interface for creating musculoskeletal modelling workflows using community-created plug-ins. In this paper, we discuss the design of the MAP Client, its plug-in architecture and its integration with the Physiome Model Repository. We demonstrate the use of MAP Client with a subject-specific femur modeling workflow using a set of modular open source plug-ins for image segmentation, landmark prediction, model registration and customisation. Our long-term goal is to foster a community of MAP users and plug-in developers to accelerate the clinical use of computational models.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-192
    Number of pages11
    JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Biomechanical modelling
    • Musculoskeletal atlas project
    • Musculoskeletal modelling
    • Open source software
    • Personalised simulation
    • Pipelines
    • workflows


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