Vesalius project. Interactive computers in anatomical instruction

Thomas O. McCracken, Stephen D. Roper, Thomas L. Spurgeon

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This project is based on an entirely new concept for teaching the structure and function of the human body, a concept which combines traditional approaches gained from centuries of study of human anatomy with the most recent, sophisticated 3-dimensional computer graphics display systems and laser disc technology. The end-point of the project is a high resolution, interactive 3-D atlas of human/animal anatomy, stored on a laser video disc, and displayed on graphics workstations--an 'electronic Gray's Anatomy'. These displays will be used to teach the structure of the body and to give students and instructors an understanding of their own body in health and disease. To evaluate the software developed, undergraduate students from the anatomy courses at CSU will be allowed to work with the computer-generated images from the earliest stages of development. Feedback from these students will be incorporated into the software development. Furthermore, once a relatively complete series of images has been generated, groups of students will be selected at random to study anatomy with this new methodology and will be compared with control groups who utilize more traditional techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventBiostereometric Technology and Applications - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 7 1990Nov 8 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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