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В началото на месец Октомври 2017 година екипът ни взе участие на XXIII Конгрес на Българското анатомично общество. Там представихме за първи път в България иновативната технология на zSpace в комбинация с модерен софтуер за 3D обучение по медицина и анатомия – VIVED Anatomy 3D

Организатор на събитието беше МУ ”Проф. Др. Параскев Стоянов” – гр. Варна, а Юнион Интерактив ООД бе един от генералните спонсори на това събитие. 

Презентацията ни беше на тема: ”zSpace в обучението по анатомия”, а аудиторията включваше професори, преподаватели и представители на едни от най-големите висши медицински учебни заведения в България и Европа. 

Темата може да разгледате по-долу (на английски език): 

The problem:

We live in a three-dimensional world and yet still teach and learn in a two-dimensional way. That hasn’t very much changed over the decades despite the tremendous advance in technology. And that’s a problem. How do we overcome that gap between the real world and how we study and train for that real world? Because in the medical field sometimes that turns out to be a matter of life and death!

Did you know that, preventable medical errors result in more than 400,000 deaths each year in the United States and are the third cause of death in this country, followed by cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Now, when we talk about preventable medical errors, there may be hundreds of reasons why are they allowed to happen, but we definitely could put some of them down to:

  • Lack of experience
  • Lack of advanced training
  • Lack of the ability to test or trial surgical operations in advance before working with the real patient

Another example in this regard:

Current interpretation of medical images, such as those produced by CT, MRI and other devices, does not provide the means to leverage all of the actionable information they contain.  

In order to successfully identify an area of interest from a 3D medical data set, doctors integrate a series of 2D images in their mind and cognitively extract the relevant 3D relationships that define the tissue or organ of interest as well as its neighboring anatomy. Under this visualization paradigm, doctors rely on their spatial cognitive skills, in other words, their ability to generate mental spatial representations of 3D anatomy on the basis of a given 2D view.

The bottom line is that doctors are deliberating through the data, trying to solve a 3D problem from 2D views. This results in a loss of clinically significant information.

Third example:

Despite the significant length of Medicine studies, students still need to undergone additional specializations, in order to be better prepared for practical application of their studies.

Now, what if students were able to graduate university with a much higher level of practical preparation for their future professional medical careers?

The solution 

zSpace AIO hardware platform, containing of three main components – VR desktop, an interactive stylus and polarized active 3D glasses. It’s a simple, easy to use, yet powerful educational tool, which enables anatomy students to learn trough experience.

zSpace е технология за виртуална и добавена реалност в обучението по медицина и анатомия

zSpace’s technology is a combination between VR and AR, allowing students to work and interact with real time computer-generated  holographic 3D models. The zSpace desktop comes with an integrated PC in it, which makes it useful for many other purposes as well. In addition the polarized 3D glasses allow you to see images and objects as holograms. The best part – they are interactive and dissectable, when you manipulate them with the help of the so called ‘stylus’.  In short we will demonstrate how this works.

Here I want to stress on the potential implications when applying zSpace technology in the field of medical studies and research. Basically, zSpace allows you to explore, dissect and interact with virtual holographic human bodies, organs and anatomic systems. In more complex application you could explore real time 3D representations of two dimensional CT/MRI DICOM images and even pre-plan surgical interventions with greater accuracy and efficiency.

Regardless whether we talk about studying, research or professional application, using zSpace:

  • Enables advanced training, studying and understanding
  • Closes the gap between real life experience and university studies
  • Help students better understand and prepare for the next stage of their professional development
  • Helps professionals and researchers take more accurate and informed decisions
  • Saves time, costs and effort

The bottom line – using zSpace solves the main problems that we outlined in the first part of our presentation.

Using zSpace with VIVED Anatomy Software

For the next demonstration we will use our zSpace unit with additional equipment – a special video camera to show how does the zSpace system work. The demonstration would be a background, while I tell you a few words about the software VIVED Anatomy and why to use VIVED Anatomy with zSpace hardware platform.

I presume many of you already know the software VIVED Anatomy, previously known as Cyber Anatomy 3D. However I will shortly go through some of its history and, of course, main features. In addition, you can take a look on the flyers, which you received at the entrance.

VIVED’s initial product, Cyber Anatomy Med VR, was developed in response to a need in third world countries that were having difficulty obtaining cadavers for medical training due to religious or cultural reasons. This award-winning product, was presented an immersive, interactive, 3D experience which was unparalleled. Anatomy students were able to experience dissection virtually, holographically, for the first time.

After the company’s initial development, they partnered with market leader ELSEVIER (the publishers of Grey’s Anatomy and the Netter Atlas) to transform the system into Netter’s 3D Interactive Anatomy Powered by Cyber-Anatomy. This award winning product has been adopted by several leading medical schools, including Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and the University of Chicago. Here is the place to say that among these names the Medical University of Varna finds also its place, by actively using VIVED Anatomy in their curriculum.

VIVED Anatomy software offers a complete virtual representation of the human body or its separate anatomic systems with more than 10,000 dissectible parts. When working with zSpace students have the ability to virtually explore, dissect and interact with parts of the human anatomy systems in a very close to reality and intuitive way. I addition there is a DICOM cutting plane and the option to record a video in standard mode or in AR mode. You can change colors, outline different parts for better understanding or add notes and labels. Regardless whether you’re teacher or student you can create your own educational content to share and work with.

Combining the VIVED Anatomy software with zSpace gives a whole new range of possibilities for teaching and studying Anatomy at university.

With zSpace and VIVED Anatomy software you can:

  • Create a virtual studying lab by using interactive and dissectable holograms instead of cadavers
  • Record and share your work with others
  • Deepen the understanding of human anatomy through virtual practical experience
  • Save time, cost and efforts
  • Create a high-quality educational content, which will be available to a wide range of people
  • Lay the foundations for further more complex applications of zSpace

 Imagine a virtual lab where everybody has access to complete virtual and interactive representation of the human body, rather than using real cadavers, for example.

In conclusion I will just say a few words about the company itself:

zSpace Inc. has more than 30 patents over its innovative technology and it was awarded at numerous technological events, shows and exhibitions. In Bulgaria the zSpace technology was first introduced in early 2017 by Union Interactive LTD.

За повече информация относно въвеждането на zSpace в комбинация с учебния софтуер VIVED Anatomy 3D, моля, обърнете се към нас!

Участие на Юнион Интерактив на XXIII Конгрес на Българското анатомично общество

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