OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

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“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”

Soon any type of 3d printed patient heart will be available online thanks to OSF Healthcare and the AHA.

OSF HealthCare and the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange are developing a partnership with the American Heart Association to establish the Jump Simulation-curated 3D Heart Library as an online medical journal where experts specializing in 3D heart modeling can review and validate models submitted by clinicians world-wide. The 3D Heart Library is an open-source digital repository of hearts with congenital defects on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

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Representatives from the NIH and AHA as well as physicians specializing in 3D modeling from OSF, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, George Washington University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the University of Washington recently met in Chicago for a roundtable discussion as part of the effort.

Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Director of the Jump Advanced Imaging and Modeling Program at OSF HealthCare, is working with the AHA-Midwest Affiliate to develop interest in creating accuracy and quality standards for the 3D Heart library, and transition it to a national AHA-backed database. “There are many physicians utilizing 3D modeling for the treatment of congenital heart disease, but there aren’t any best practices for utilizing the technology,” said Dr. Bramlet. “Establishing a peer-review process will drive standardization and increase the quality of 3D digital models around the world.”

Read the full article on the OSF Healthcare Website!

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3D Digital Continuity is the Future of Healthcare Education

3-D Digital Continuity Is the Future of Human Health

Sim champions it won’t be long before the entire healthcare industry is surronded by 3D Animation! We already know that designing and testing devices using 3D physical simulation is a key part of developing a commercial product. Slowly we are convincing the world that simulating and testing healthcare providers will become a key part of developing a more effictive healthcare system. Imagine watching in real-time, the human patient’s case as it developed — in 3D on the wall during diagnosis. With faster computers like IBM’s Watson — its only a matter of time! Check out the use of animation from a recent Medical Device Summit:

Steve Levine reports on The Living Heart Project which enables realistic simulation. At a time when the industry is facing some of its toughest challenges, more than 200 regulators, engineers, and healthcare leaders came together in Chicago at the American Medical Device (AMD) Summit in October, to discuss the state of the medical device industry and focus on opportunities to accelerate innovation, with increased predictability and profitability. From a regulatory, patient and payer perspective, medical device business models are changing, creating an environment that has rendered sustainable innovation elusive for many medical device companies seeking to grow their top line as well as bottom line.

These shifts in the marketplace are pressuring the balancing act between corporate efficiency, time to market, and predictable patient outcomes. It has raised an essential question for the future of the medical device industry—how to restructure to remain competitive and compliant while simultaneously meeting the needs of the patient, provider, and enterprise? The healthcare industry is finding answers in an unlikely place, by turning to a resource traditionally associated with more traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace.

3D-Printed Hearts — A Training Tool for Canadian Surgeons via Norfolk News

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Interesting article today out of Canada and the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, which is working with 3D printing technology to help with clinical education:

About a dozen trainees — from Canada and such countries as Norway, Oman, Mexico and the United States — have come to watch master surgeons demonstrate the highly complicated techniques used to repair a number of congenital heart abnormalities and to safely practise those skills on models of their own. Three-dimensional copies have been created of five hearts from real infants with cardiac anomalies using a high-tech 3D-printer, which almost perfectly reproduces the organ’s structure using a photopolymer resin, based on sophisticated MRI and CT imaging.

“Each of the models represents a very specific form of disease that is very different,” says Dr. Glen Van Arsdell, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Sick Kids. “I can look at the model and tell you what the diagnosis is.” The 3D-printed hearts — some orange, others whitish in colour — were produced by Dr. Shi-Joon Yoo, a cardiac radiologist at the hospital.

Depending on its size, a duplicate of a child’s heart can take anywhere from four to 12 hours to produce, as layer upon layer of the resin is built up, he says. While the current cost is somewhat prohibitive – estimated at about $2,000 per model — Yoo says the technology means hundreds of copies can be printed after imaging a single child’s heart to demonstrate a particular defect.

“Anybody can practise on the same structure, so that is the real value of that.” Van Arsdell says the trainees have come to Toronto to learn procedures that would typically take years to learn by watching and assisting senior surgeons before they would be allowed to perform the operation on their own. For some, such expertise isn’t available in their home countries.

Read the full article on the Norfolk News website!

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Arch Virtual Provides Realistic 3D Designing for Simulation Experiences & Sim Lab Layout


While searching the internet for all things simulation I stumbled upon Arch Virtual, who provides Realistic 3D Environments For Health Care Training.

About Arch Virtual

Health care simulations have become a significant amount of the work we’ve been doing with the Oculus Rift and the Unity3D game engine. We work directly with universities and healthcare institutions to provide real-time virtual simulations of medical environments such as hospitals, clinics, and emergency response stations for grant funded and other research-based simulations and training applications. In some cases, we are brought in to create the 3D environment only. In other cases, we develop projects from beginning to end, complete with animation, avatar development, interface and interactive components.

Amplify Training Experience With Guided Simulations As with architectural visualization, virtual medical environments and replicas of hospitals, clinics and emergency response stations present the opportunity to amplify real experiences with guided simulations that replicate substantial representations of the physical world in a virtually interactive manner.

Realistic Guided Simulations With The Oculus Rift We can create any kind of interactivity or customization required to suit the individual needs of each unique project. Equipment can be animated, custom avatars can be developed, additional rooms can be added, etc. We can also custom-brand this particular demo environment for your use, including your logo, splash-image, etc.

Learn more at Arch Virtual’s Healthcare Page!


EMS Distributes Panasonic’s 3D Multiview Anatomy Image System — IMSH Video Interview

At IMSH 2015 Education Management Solutions (EMS) showcased their new distribution of Panasonic’s 3D Multiview Anatomy Image System – an impressive way to explore the realistic anatomy of cadavers in a simulated environment. Using 3d glasses, participants can continue to remove various layers of anatomy and move about the cadaver from all angles. This provides a realistic version of anatomy which 3d models can only imply, while reducing educational costs and simultaneously maintaining fidelity. The system can either be stand alone or built for network access depending on your learning needs. Watch our interview above to see how easy to use and effective the system really is!

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About the System:

The 3D Multiview Anatomy Image System, which includes 1,200 real cadaver images, helps to enhance any anatomy course by providing learners the ability to navigate efficiently through different bodily layers and structures in a three-dimensional space. The 3D Multiview Anatomy Image System provides learners (including residents, medical and nursing students) more autonomy in choosing different views, angles, and combinations of anatomical images than are possible in traditional cadaver-based instruction.

Learn more at the EMS SimulationIQ website today!

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First Oculus Rift Surgery Demonstrates Power of 1st Person A/V & VR in Medical Simulation Training

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Level 3 Healthcare recently shared with us an amazing new video highlighting the first surgical event available to experience first person through the oculus rift. The team of Dr Thomas Gregory, an orthopedist surgeon teaching at the Paris Descartes University and graduated in Science at the Imperial College, realized a total hip replacement filmed thanks to two cameras that were fixed at Dr Gregory’s eyes level and recorded the surgery in stereoscopic 3D with a 180° field of view. The footage is now watchable in virtual reality thanks to the Oculus Rift technology. This video now represents an exceptional training tool, to the extent that students and surgeons can for the very first time visualize a surgery and live it as if they were the surgeon. Watch the video below to get a feel for what I believe learners will be able to experience in the future with EVERY healthcare procedure!

This video is a teaser of a project funded by the MOVEO Foundation aiming to improve surgeon training. You can visit the official Foundation’s website here: http://www.fondation-moveo.com/

Sectra 3D Human Body Visualization Table – IMSH Video Demo

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At IMSH 2014 I had a chance to check out the Sectra Visualization Table which allows healthcare professionals and educators to explore 3D human body images. Think of it as a giant iPad that allows for imaging of your current patients or for enhanced teaching opportunities. The table moves 90 degrees so it can lie flat or pop up at an angle or be used like a digital white board.  By watching the IMSH 2014 demo below, you can see how easy it is to manipulate a variety of 3d renderings and images in real-time with intuitive hand-touch controls. The table comes with some cases already available so that teaching can begin right away. This is the first time the table was demonstrated in the United States after its overwhelming success in Europe.

I learned more at the Sectra Website:

Sectra Visualization Table is a large interactive screen with an image display system that enables interaction with 3D human body images rendered from CT or MR. Detailed studies of virtual bodies provide medical students with a better understanding of anatomy bodily functions and variations between individuals, and greater knowledge of rare diseases already during medical training.

Leading Edge Technology

With the Sectra Visualization Table, anatomy teaching is enhanced using interactive natural-size 3D views of real patients’ anatomy, rendered from CT or MR images. Users can visualize skeletal tissue, muscles, organs and soft tissue by virtually slicing, segmenting or peeling off layers of tissue. It helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy, functions and processes inside the body and contributes to improved quality of education.

Virtual dissection with real-life cases

Sectra Visualization Table is the optimal complement when cadaver-based dissection courses is not available, or when the cadavers are too few. This way, teaching institutions can increase the exposure to anatomy and hands-on practice for every student and allow the students to do the virtual dissection over and over again, reducing the learning curve substantially.

Efficient group interaction

The 46” multi-touch screen allows users to interact with the virtual body in 3D simply by touching the screen. This way, tactile learning is supported which facilitates the learning process. Students and instructors can easily gather around the Visualization Table for group discussions and examinations and thanks to the unique format and touch interface, they can easily hand over command between them to even further enhance the group discussion.

The result of research

Sectra Visualization Table is the result of successfully combining applied research within medical technology and advanced computer science with industry knowledge. It has been developed in cooperation with Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Visualization Center C, The Interactive Institute and Linköping University, Sweden.

Benefit from our experience

Sectra Visualization Table is built on Sectra PACS, an image management system well established in the radiology market. Over 20 years of experience and more than 1,400 successful installations developed the technology at hand.

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Enhanced Preparation For Advanced Surgery

Sectra Visualization Table is a cutting-edge pre-operative planning tool for the complex orthopaedic cases. Real-size, interactive 3D views of the patient, give the orthopaedic surgeon a unique possibility to become familiar with the specific anatomy prior to surgery. Without opening the patient, the surgical team can localize vessels, muscles and skeletal tissue and study their three-dimensional relation and plan the surgery. The touch interface allows the surgeon to interact with the virtual body with the hands, as in the real surgical setting, which supports his or her tactile memory. This increases quality in surgery and reduces operation and rehabilitation time as unplanned issues can be avoided.

Efficient communication tool

The large monitor and intuitive touch interface of the Sectra Visualization Table support group discussion between medical teams, providing opportunity for new methods of collaboration between doctors. It is also an efficient tool for communication with patients and can be used for case acceptance of a particular procedure or simply for education and consultation by showing the patient´s own 3D scan in real-size.

A new dimension in resident training

Sectra Visualization Table can efficiently be used to support orthopaedist residents in their training. Going through a case in real-size together with the supervisor helps ensure the quality of surgery. It is also a valuable practical component of lectures or courses.

If you are looking to teach or discuss patients anatomy in higher-fidelity fashion, then Sectra’s Visualization Table is one to check out. Learn more at: Sectra’s Visualization Table website.

Industrial Plant Operators Now Train for Safety with Virtual Simulators

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The International Society of Automation (ISA) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. Recently their writer Peter Richmond shared how “Operator training simulators raise operator competency, improving plant performance and reliability“.

This article is a great read because it demonstrates that the same process we use in medical simulation for learning outcome identification and, design, implementation and evaluation is also utilized in their industry. Furthermore, the advancement of 3d technology enables them to train operators like never before.

Using 3-D Virtual Simulators:

Process Automation: Operator training simulators in the modern plant 4

Once reserved for cutting-edge engineering and creative industries, 3-D visualization is being used in new and innovative ways across a number of industrial sectors, helping to safely and effectively train plant operators and staff.

The emergence of 3-D visualization as a method of training has grown out of the need of many industrial companies and organizations to instruct their employees in a safe and secure environment. In addition, the nature of continuous process plants necessitates minimal downtime, and there are often few opportunities for initial training of new staff and for ongoing training for experienced staff, particularly in scenarios that may only occur rarely.

Five-phase, performance-based training approach

Plant operators can benefit from incorporating 3-D visualization into their training systems in many ways. Chief among these is the ability to have high-fidelity operations, maintenance, and safety training in a cost-effective, low-risk setting. Putting people in the field in dangerous and often remote locations, such as offshore energy platforms, strictly for training purposes, is not only costly, but also risky to platform operators, their co-workers, the facility itself, and the environment. Because of advances in simulation, visualization, and interactive gaming technology, it is now possible for offshore operators to learn much of their craft in a safe, realistic training environment.

Virtual reality simulation is particularly well-suited for industrial training, where remote, unsafe, and pressure-filled sites are increasingly common. This type of technology enables platform operators to receive a large portion of their training in a virtual environment, reducing cost and risk. For example, risk of injury can be eliminated because operators are not immediately placed in an unfamiliar environment. After going through such training programs, operators are less likely to make mistakes such as spills or shutdowns, which could have serious consequences. They are also less likely to encounter emergencies they have never before experienced. In situations where units are shut down only once every year or less often, virtual reality training is an invaluable practice tool for staff at all levels.

Many believe this approach fits especially well with the new generation of engineers and plant operators who are already familiar with this technology and who are used to an entirely different learning environment than previous generations experienced. In addition to providing a more realistic training environment, 3-D virtualization training ensures a more interactive and hands-on experience.

It is a very exciting time for many industrial companies and organizations as they help drive virtual reality solutions and create innovative and practical applications directly relevant to their staff’s needs. As the conditions and demands on the industry evolve, plants of all kinds are increasingly using virtual environments to help plant operators and staff rapidly adapt and hone their skills.

Read the Full Plant Operator Simulator Article here.

“VIRTSIM” From Motion Reality Provides Virtual Reality Physical Environment Simulator


VIRTSIM from Motion Reality is a basketball sized arena virtual reality real-time simulator for military combat training. Learners wear special tracking systems and VR googles so that they can be fully immersed in a virtual reality 3d simulated training environment, which allows them to freely move and interact with the space physically.  The implications here are strong for us in medical simulation within military and EMS/Fire Services. The entire 3d environment is digitally recorded for playback debriefing from a multitude of angles so that instructors can provide full perspectives. Currently the system is being utilized for military, police and golfing applications.

From the Motion Reality Website:

VIRTSIM trainees are fully immersed “head-to-toe” in training scenarios requiring the execution of basic individual maneuvers, complex unit tactics, and mission rehearsals.  They are able to train as individuals, in teams, or in full squads. Trainees have complete freedom of movement to run, jump, or crawl throughout the full volume (up to 5,000 square feet – equivalent to a basketball court), unrestricted by wires or tethers. The VIRTSIM system allows training in a range of reconfigurable environments. User-customizable scenarios can be configured within these environments to train individuals in direct action, counter-terrorism, react to contact, or other Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) based on the Current Operating Environment (COE).

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Each trainee’s performance is summarized in a database for the team leader’s easy access. VIRTSIM After Action Report (AAR) capability addresses trainees’ performance ranging from basic individual maneuvers to the more complex nature of team and squad maneuvers and mission rehearsals. This 3D AAR provides playback of all actions and shots from every angle, as well as from each participant’s individual perspective. All trainee body motions and all shots fired by every participant are recorded and displayed, and every training session is automatically catalogued and stored in an accessible database. These sessions are available for replay at any time. Trainers can evaluate weapon discipline, sector responsibility, use of cover, and every shot a trainee has fired, allowing them to address safety concerns and tactical errors throughout the process.

This system clearly has potential for medics in military situations to better train for evacuations during hostile engagements. As well, Fire and EMS personnel can benefit from practicing rescue scenarios in dangerous situations such as fire consumed buildings.

Learn more at the Motion Reality website!

INACSL 2011 Wrap Up

Hey Sim Champs!

Before hitting INACSL 2011 I spent a few days in Key Largo diving 100 feet down to see some shipwrecks.  I also saw my first shark, which was a NURSE shark…. pretty fitting if you ask me!

INACSL 2011 Orlando Trip

Here’s some of the great tips I learned from other members at INACSL 2011!

  1. Pam Jeffries opened the INACSL Conference with a Keynote speech about the process that lead to the creation of the NLN sponsored framework.  Her book Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation is a must have for any healthcare simulation library.  She said the framework had been successful in the past 5 years to help foster research in simulation.
  2. Carol Okupniak from Drexel University provided an excellent session on her sim lab’s scheduling process.  She has created pdf document forms that require faculty to completely explicate all necessary details for scheduled simulations.  She graciously provided her slides which are available here, and I will update this post next week with her forms for us to download!
  3. Ronnie Stout, Simulation Center Director from UTEP, had an amazing tip to print out and hang up pictures of medical equipment your center can not yet afford.  This will help bolster the visual surroundings of your developing simulation labs!  Just google whatever pump your faculty is interested and print out the picture!
  4. Brian Russell, Senior Associate for Ayers Saint Gross Architects showed us how UNITY 3D, a free-to-use 3d animation software platform similar to Second Life, can be used to create immersive models of simulation labs.  This seemed like a cheap way to create three dimensional representations of new lab designs for administrators to virtually walk through! Furthermore, your program could perform virtual based simulations with your learners!  Brian said feel free to email him if you want to learn more!
  5. I took part in a fantastic evening moulage workshop put on by Drexel University sponsored by PocketNurse.com!  Click that link to watch the video and get the slides!
  6. I learned that we MUST keep our HARVEY manikin on a hard flat surface.  Having the base on a soft surface can make Harvey’s wooden base warp which would alter the magnetic contacts.

Hope you had a great conference!