Inclusion of 3-D computed tomography rendering and immersive VR in a third year medical student surgery curriculum

Michael J. Mastrangelo, Gina Adrales, Rod McKinlay, Ivan George, Wayne Witzke, Margaret Plymale, Don Witzke, Mike Donnelly, Jeremy Stich, Mathew Nichols, Adrian E. Park

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Abstract

Computed tomography (CT) scans are frequently used for preoperative evaluation of patients undergoing complex surgery and are therefore commonly encountered by medical students on their surgical rotations. Interpretation of these CT scan images is therefore an integral component of all medical students' surgical rotations. Additionally, advanced rendering available from modem scanners and registration of multimodal or serial scans require the student to understand how volumetric anatomy relates to cross-sectional anatomy. The utility of three-dimensional (3-D) models for conveying surgical anatomy has been demonstrated. (1) Immersive 3-D VR overcomes many of the conceptual limitations encountered when conveying or teaching 3-D relationships via 2-D images traditionally produced by these scans. We are currently using augmented reality as a teaching tool and have incorporated 3-D immersive environments in the third year medical student Surgery rotation. Initial results suggest that this is an effective tool for teaching third year medical students. 3-D CT rendering and immersive VR provide an effective process for utilizing CT datasets to teach surgical anatomy to medical students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 11 - NextMed
Subtitle of host publicationHealth Horizon
PublisherIOS Press
Pages199-203
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1586033204, 9781586033200
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2003 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 22 2003Jan 25 2003

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume94
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other11th Annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, MMVR 2003
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA
Period1/22/031/25/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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