Educational Technology

October 15, 2012

Med students get a feel of human body on iPad

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By Poon Chian Hui, The Straits Times

Given the shrinking supply of cadavers here, the upcoming medical school at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will provide 3-D models of the human body on iPads to allow students to learn about anatomy. The plan is to set up a central database of 3-D models of real-life patients. NTU’s Institute for Media Innovation (IMI), which is teaming up with the medical school to produce software for the tablet, will be recruiting local patients for the project. For a start, it will focus on reproducing 3-D models of the lower limbs, said IMI director Nadia Thalmann, who created a virtual heart model back in the 1980s that paved the way for simulation surgery today. This will be done by getting 2-D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from the patients to provide details of muscles and other structures.

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