P15083: Virtual Reality Surgery and Anatomy Training Application


Project Summary Project Information

Motivation: To inspire young students to become medical practitioners and biomedical engineers, it is necessary to expose them to key concepts of the field in a way that is exciting as well as informative. Recent advances in medical image acquisition, manipulation, processing, visualization, and display have revolutionized the approach in which the human body and internal anatomy can be seen and studied. These technologies offer advantages over the more traditional approaches, such as cadaver dissection, which may intimidate many of the students, and learning strictly from textbooks, which may not captivate student attention, and certainly will not demonstrate what is possible through modern medical imaging technologies. Thus an alternative solution which exposes students to modern medical imaging and promotes enthusiasm for the medical field should be implemented.

Objective: To create a learning tool that offers advantages over current anatomy presentation methods (anatomy texts, surgical video, dissections) targeted at the high school student. The learning tool will utilize a stereoscopic visualization to create a virtual reality environment in which the students may manipulate anatomical surface models (meshes) and view high-resolution full body medical image datasets acquired via Computed Tomography (CT) and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to virtually “dissect” the human anatomy by and “slicing and dicing” at any location of interest (i.e., brain, abdomen, chest or limbs etc.). Additionally, a surgical module may be added to this learning tool which would allow the student to perform simulated minimally invasive surgery on a mannequin.

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Project Name
Virtual Reality Surgery and Anatomy Training Application
Project Number
Project Family
Biomedical Systems and Technologies Track
Start Term
2141 (Fall 2014)
End Term
2145 (Spring 2015)
Faculty Guide
Harold Paschal, hap8884@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Cristian Linte, calbme@rit.edu (585) 475-4926
Sponsor (financial support)
name(s), contact

Team Members

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Member Role Contact
Alex Dawson-Elli Biomedical Engineer - Team Leader ard6956@rit.edu
Kevin Alexandre Computer Engineer kra1315@rit.edu
Nathan Burrell Biomedical Engineer njb7284@rit.edu
Jascha Wilcox Biomedical Engineer jcw8139@rit.edu
Kenneth LaMarca Computer Engineer kcl4048@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystems Design

Detailed Design

Final Detailed Design

Gate Review

Build, Test, Document

Week 5 Demo

Publications & Presentations

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Planning & Execution | Problem Definition | Systems Design | Subsystems Design | Detailed Design | Final Detailed Design | Gate Review | Build, Test, Document | Week 5 Demo | Week 8 Demo | Week 11 Demo | Publications & Presentations | Photo Gallery