The Des Moines Register is reporting on a volumetric visualization software package developed at the Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. The BodyViz application, now distributed by Visual Medical Solutions, LLC. of Ames, IA, processes MR and CT scan data into 3D representation and allows the user to navigate through by using a laptop and a standard Microsoft Xbox controller.
Features from the product page:
A user, with an Xbox 360 controller, can rotate, pan, zoom or fly-thru a patient’s virtual anatomy. They can create “clipping” or “slicing” planes and move the planes in and out to see the internal structure of the patient. They can also choose from a variety of colors to enhance organs and features of the data. A user can choose what tissue densities they wish to view such as harder tissues (bone, muscle) or softer tissue (fat, skin). Using actual patient data, virtual trocars can be placed in the 3D MRI, CT scan visualizaton to enhance surgical planning. In addition, surgical instrument “paths” can be created on the fly and a user can fly through these paths interactively.