Virtual Reality in Medicine - 'SpectoVive' Gives Surgeons 3D Views

Before an operation, surgeons have to obtain the most precise image possible of the anatomical structures of the part of the body undergoing surgery. University of Basel  researchers developed a technology that uses computed tomography data to generate a three-dimensional image in real time for use in a virtual environment. Using sophisticated programming and graphics cards, the team sped up the volume rendering to reach the necessary frame rate. The SpectoVive system can perform fluid shadow rendering, which is important for creating a realistic impression of depth. The researchers see the greatest potential in the areas of diagnostics, surgical planning, and medical training.