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

Thank you Dr. Paul Greig

May 23, 2019News

Dr. Paul Greig, one of the co-founders of the Toronto Video Atlas of Surgery and editor of our HPB (hepatico-pancreato-biliary) and Transplant chapters, is retiring this month and will begin to pursue his dream to become a professional musician. Dr. Greig is a surgeon with passion and talent for teaching and mentoring. He headed the … Read More

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week 2019

April 24, 2019News

April 21–27 is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week here in Canada, and we at TVASurg are proud to contribute the highest quality educational videos for multi-organ transplantation. Please have a look through our growing library of surgical teaching videos to learn more about the fascinating world of multi-organ transplant surgery! In the summer … 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