ProjectVirtual Autopsy Table

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Virtual Autopsy Table

The Virtual Autopsy Table is a unique new medical visualization tool that allows people to explore the inside of a human body. With its intuitive gesture based interface, the Virtual Autopsy Table totally changes the way users interact with volumetric medical data. Multiple users can interact collaboratively and simultaneously, working with large and complex data to gain deeper understanding and insight into the functions and processes inside the body.

Virtual Autopsy Table - human skull

The Virtual Autopsy is already utilized successfully to complement conventional autopsies. It dispenses with the need for invasive surgical procedures allowing medical experts to see things that would be difficult to discover with traditional methods. The technique is also used in other areas of traditional health care such as pre-surgery planning, other types of examination, education etc.The table can also, for educational purposes, be used in education environments and in public institutions such as museums, Science and Technology centers.The table is developed by RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute) in collaboration with Norrköping Visualization Center and Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV) in Linköping, Sweden.

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The Virtual Autopsy Table is now, under the name Inside Explorer, commercially available for museums, science centers and other type of public institutions. 

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Commercial requests -  CLINICAL USE 

The Virtual Autopsy Table is now commercially available for the medical market through the medical technology company Sectra AB. Sectra develops and sells IT-systems and products for radiology, mammography and orthopaedic departments. More than 1,100 hospitals worldwide use the system daily, together performing over 52 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images (PACS).

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The Virtual Autopsy Table from Visualiseringscenter C on Vimeo.


In Media

This Virtual Autopsy Table project has since it went public gained a lot of attention on the internet, the demo video got almost 40 000 views in just three days. The project has been featured by a large number of technology weblogs and magazines. Maybe Engadget, an American international technology weblog, summarizes the project best: "we can all probably agree this is one of the best uses for a multitouch table surface ever".Selected articles: 
"A Cut From CSI" - The Economist
Virtual Autopsies Offer Clues Without the Knife - Discovery News 
"Obducera direkt på pekskärmen" - Ny Teknik (Sweden largest technology magazine) 
"Nätklippet fick världen att börja köa" - Ny Teknik (Sweden largest technology magazine) “
Virtual Autopsy Table brings multitouch to the morgue”
–- Engadget “
Virtual autopsy: Finally a use for the Surface PC”
 - – ZDNet
 “Virtual Autopsy on a Multi-Touch Table” - – Pathtalk
 “The Virtual Autopsy Table” –- VizWorld “
Virtual Autopsy On a Multi-Touch Table Surface”
- Slashdot


The project is based on research results from CMIV, MIT at Linköping University, Sweden and Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine.

Installation concept: RISE Interactive
Project leader: Thomas Rydell, RISE Interactive
Volume rendering: Dr. Patric Ljung, Prof. Anders Ynnerman, Prof. Anders Persson and Willem Frishert, CMIV/VITA Linköping University
Scanning, data and medical expertise: Prof. Anders Person, CMIV
User interface Design: David Karlsson, RISE Interactive and Willem Frishert, VITA


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