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Release date- 10012014 - If you're about to undergo a medical procedure, it might be good to know that the person conducting the procedure has been able to prepare in advance or been trained using a life-like computer generated simulator, or even been able to prepare based on simulations of your own actual body.
Increasingly, experts in computer visualisation are working with the medical profession to develop applications which assist the medical profession with training and preparation for of a range of procedures. Using computer science in this way can bring cost and efficiency savings to the NHS while also improving the services that can be delivered to patients.
Health professionals in
The Advanced Medical Imaging and Visualisation Unit, co-ordinated by the
The development of simulators for training medical procedures is one of the Unit's most active project areas. The team are working on simulators for kidney stone removal, a virtual endoscope to expose trainees to anatomical variations and difficult airways, and for training basic surgical skills such as cutting. A recent example is the development of an iPad app which provides a training tool for a common brain surgery procedure. This was developed by collaboration between computer scientists at
There have been over 6,500 free downloads of the app from the iTunes store since its launch in
The Unit has also been developing imaging solutions such as segmentation and image based automatic mammographic risk assessment techniques. Mammographic risk assessment provides an estimation of the probability for a woman to develop breast cancer. Due to the variation in manual assessment there has been a drive to incorporate automated approaches in mammographic computer aided diagnosis systems. In close collaboration with Breast Test Wales and NHS Breast Screening radiologists, members within the Unit have developed an approach where the mammographic risk assessment is linked to the segmentation of mammographic anatomical tissue types.
The Unit plans to showcase events at three major hospitals in
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