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A MATLAB® toolbox that given a three-dimensional spine reconstruction computes a set of characteristic morphological measures that unequivocally determine the spine shape.


Getting Started

3DSpineMFE is built in Matlab®. It requires Matlab 8.4 (R2014b) or superior.


3DSpineMFE uses the following software dependencies, all of them are bundled as libraries in the package.

Library License Bundled
Geom3D BSD Yes
Smooth Triangulated Mesh BSD Yes
Toolbox Fast Marching BSD Yes
Conversion of Conics Parameters BSD Yes
Write Cell Array to Text File BSD Yes
Ellipse Fit (Direct method) BSD Yes
SplitFV BSD Yes
Unify Mesh Normals BSD Yes
Mesh Voxelisation BSD Yes


This toolbox is packaged as a MATLAB(R) app, which means that an application installer is provided.

When executing the installer, user will be asked to confirm the installation:

3DSpineMFE Matlab help

After the installation, toolbox will be visible under Matlab Apps tab:

3DSpineMFE Matlab help

Using toolbox matlab documentation

Once the toolbox has been installed, its documentation can be browsed through doc command. This will open the homepage of Matlab help where many shortcuts of different installed toolboxes are shown. This toolbox is recognised by Matlab as Supplemental Software and its documentation can be accesed through the 3DSpineMFE Toolbox link inside Supplemental Software box.

3DSpineMFE Matlab help

The toolbox documentation can also be accessed directly through matlab command:

showdemo 3DSpineMFE


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.