3-D Med School, Hold the Cadavers

March 11, 2002 | Source: Wired News

A new virtual reality room at the University of Calgary lets researchers and medical students visualize body structures instead of requiring dissection. Four projectors display representations of the body on the walls of a 2.5-cubic-meter room, allowing scientists to view the images via stereoscopic lenses. They can also program the simulations remotely, using Java3D technology on a PC.

The University of Calgary plans to add the image set of the Visible Human Project, which consists of complete, anatomically detailed, 3-D representations of the normal male and female human bodies made from representative cadavers.