The Virtual Autopsy Table, A unique proof of concept within medical visualization, presented at EU ministerial meeting

10 August, 2009 - 18:52

Anders Person, Director of CMIV (Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization) demonstrates the “Virtual Autopsy Table” for the Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Göran Hägglund at the EU minister meeting in Jönköping

The “Virtual Autopsy Table”, a unique and brand new public installation produced by Interactive Institute C-Studio in collaboration with Norrköping Visualization Center and CMIV (Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization) was presented at the meeting for EU health ministers July 6-7th.

The installation is a proof of concept within medical visualization. It is initially intended to be used as a demonstrator within virtual autopsy projects but other usage areas could be within education, to perform diagnostics on live patients and in demonstrations at museums and science centers, to name a few. 

The “Virtual Autopsy Table” allows the user to freely explore the inside of real human beings. With help of an easy to use multi touch interface and the latest technique within medical visualization the user can interact with stunning volumetric 3D datasets of real scanned bodies.

The cutting-edge technique, developed by researchers at Linköping University and CMIV, used in the installation is already utilized successfully as a compliment to the conventional autopsy. Apart from avoiding cutting in the body the doctors can see things that are difficult to discover in a conventional autopsy. Furthermore, the technique opens up for new opportunities in countries where autopsies are not accepted due to cultural reasons. The technique can also revolutionize the traditional health care in many areas.

David Karlsson, Visualization Engineer at C-studio, demonstrates the installation for the guests at the ministerial meeting. 

The installation will now be shown in different public contexts, starting with a tour to Swedish embassies in Asia during October 2009 with stops in Japan and India. In may 2010 the installation will be a part of the permanent exhibition at Norrköping Visualization Center.

The project is developed in close collaboration by the partners in Norrköping Visualization Center and CMIV (Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization) and funded by The Visualization program, a research initiative founded by: The Knowledge Foundation, the Vårdal Foundation, VINNOVA, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, and Invest in Sweden Agency. 

For more information please visit: www.visualiseringscenter.se and www.cmiv.liu.se or contact Studio director Thomas Rydell (thomas.rydell [at] tii.se