VR update: Surgical simulation module

June 24, 2019News, Research

With summer incoming, we’d like to report on the progress we’ve made on the Virtual Reality (VR) modules developed here at TVASurg. VR surgical simulation module http://pie.med.utoronto.ca/TVASurg/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018_04_blog_Mod1_Comp-2c.mp4 Operating room VR modules   Our VR development has delved into simulating patient-specific procedures before, though the modules we’ve developed are more akin to surgical planning tools, where … Read More

Photogrammetry model processing

April 17, 2019Research

Last month we shared a video of our attempt at a right hepatectomy of a cow’s liver we acquired from a local butcher shop. Following our transection of the liver along a major hepatic vein we identified, we used the remaining liver specimen for our on-going research into photogrammetry for use in surgical education. This month we’d like … Read More

Bovine hepatectomy

March 20, 2019Research, Vlog

In January we shared some of recent extracurricular efforts in dissecting animal organs we procured from local butcher shops. In our latest experiment, we thought it would be beneficial to take what we’ve learned and observed in filming HPB cases, and try to film ourselves performing a liver transection on a cow’s liver. You can … Read More

VR update: On capturing Mixed Reality (MR)

February 13, 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