VR update: On capturing Mixed Reality (MR)

February 14, 2019News, Research

  We’ve been experimenting with Mixed Reality (MR) capture methods to showcase some of our VR modules. The above video is our experimental result, and was presented at the 3D Med Australia 2018 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.   In VR development, one challenge we constantly encounter is communicating the VR experience, especially in settings where … Read More

Butcher shop dissections

January 31, 2019News, Research

Recently we’ve embarked on a self-assigned task to experiment with some new ideas and explore some under-utilized tools in our surgical animation pipeline repertoire. We’ve acquired some animal organs from a local butcher shop (sometimes referred to as “offals”), and testing our knowledge of comparative vertebrate anatomy, have been dissecting them to make the perfect … Read More

TVASURG visits Toronto Reference Library

December 12, 2018Vlog

Happy holidays! Back in November our team visited Toronto Reference Library to check out their Digital Innovation Hub – Audio and Video Studio. We love experimenting with new technology to improve our workflow. The purpose of this outing was to experiment with different cameras and test out their capabilities! It was also an opportunity for … Read More

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

November 15, 2018News

Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day and TVASurg is helping to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, one of the world’s deadliest cancers. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers. Surgery is often the option used to remove pancreatic cancers, with the Whipple procedure being the most common operation. We have a … Read More

BMCAA 2018 UnCon

November 9, 2018Conferences, News

Last week the Biomedical Communications Alumni Association hosted its annual, semi-formal one-day symposium event at the University of Toronto St. George campus. Graduates and current students of the BMC program meet and share stories about recent projects, new work experiences and skills they’ve been developing. It’s a day of short talks interspersed with the BMCAA … Read More

TVASurg viewership survey

October 17, 2018News

TVASurg started in 2011 as a surgical video atlas focused on hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) and multi-organ transplant (MOT) cases. TVASurg has since evolved to include many new additions including interactive learning modules, conference lectures and obstetrics/gynaecology (OBGYN) procedures. As we continue to collaborate with other surgical specialties and explore new innovations for our viewers, we want … Read More

TVASurg Team Bio: Jean Lin

September 28, 2018Bio

This month we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce our newest team member, Jean Lin! In Jean’s own words: Sketching, researching, modelling, animating and creating beautiful artwork for communicating in science are all parts of our job as biomedical communicators here at the TVASurg team. A decade ago as a biology student, I was … Read More

AMI Annual Conference 2018

August 20, 2018Conferences

The 73rd annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators took place last month in Newton Massachusetts, and senior TVASurg team member Paul Kelly was in attendance. The conference got off to an early start with a sketching workshop at the Harvard Museum of Natural Science with two prolific medical illustrators, Andrew Swift and Emily … Read More

2018 Demo Reel

July 16, 2018News, Video release

July is demo reel month. We’ve gathered some of the work we’ve done since our last demo reel in 2016. In case you missed it: Until Then: 2017 Animation Short 2016 Demo Reel The year of 2018 has been a year of new beginnings for us. We moved into a new office space, and made … Read More

New look, same high quality content

June 15, 2018News

A little background The Toronto Video Atlas of Liver, Pancreas, Biliary, and Transplant Surgery launched in 2011 with a small selection of cases: Living donor left lobe hepatectomy, extended right hepatectomy with in situ, and in situ cold perfusion technique. From then on, our atlas has continued to grow at a steady pace. Initially, we … Read More