Robin Kang


The heart is one of the most vital and complex organs in the body. However, most of the existing heart animations focus on showing the outer surface of a beating heart, and attempt to simulate its function with its outer views. This thesis model, however, focuses on the inner structure of the heart in order to provide detailed visualizations of different parts of the heart, their functions and the related disease. This thesis model has been created by using a real human heart provided by the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as published material about the inside structure of the heart. The model of the frontal section of the heart was made by using the 3D computer graphic software known as Maya as well as 2D graphics using Adobe Flash. This project includes the visual simulation of a heart disease known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is a heart disease that develops from abnormal growth of interventricular septum. This enlarged septum impedes blood flow. If this disease is not treated, the patient can suddenly go into cardiac arrest. This 3D model of heart frontal section is created to provide detailed visualization of the cause, process and surgical treatments of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Heart--Hypertrophy--Pictorial works; Myocardium--Diseases--Pictorial works; Medical illustration; Three-dimensional display systems; Computer graphics--Technique

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Medical Illustration (CHST)


Hintz, Glen

Advisor/Committee Member

Doolittle, Richard


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: RC685.H9 K36 2010


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