MMVR 12 proceedings present overview of next tools for medical education, diagnosis, and care

Amsterdam 26 February 2004The conference proceedings of the twelfth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 15-17, 2004 in Newport Beach, California, have been published as the 98th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2004 edition includes 94 papers, presenting state-of-the-art applications in Virtual Reality for the health care practice, under the general theme of "Building a Better You: The Next Tools for Medical Education, Diagnosis, and Care", in which the editors explore the frontiers of medical imaging technology and surgical simulation.


In this year's edition of the proceedings, some twenty-two papers are dedicated to the use of simulators and surgical training systems for minimally invasive surgery, robotically-assisted surgery, knee arthroscopy, needle insertions, endoscopy, laparoscopy, colonoscopy, urology, obstetrics, cardiac and dental surgery. Nineteen papers address the challenges experienced in developing and using haptics in surgical simulators.

Sixteen papers are dedicated to medical education in interactive virtual environments. In many cases these systems work from a distance, in a distributed way, between remote geographic regions. Therapeutic immersion into virtual environments is addressed in five papers in which Virtual Reality therapy applications are described for aid in test anxiety, balance disorders, vision loss, and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. The use of virtual reality for medical emergencies and in order to counter bioterrorism is addressed in three studies.

Approximately twelve studies deal with the theoretical issues of visual data and object modelling. Eleven presentations introduce pioneering approaches of volume visualisation and groundbreaking imaging modalities. Three papers describe systems to measure human reaction time for use in neuroscientific experiments, to monitor in-vehicle alertness, and to estimate physical activity and physiological performance reserves in sports.

One study describes a new form of Application Service Provider in the development of data systems, data flow and data management in health care institutions and another one a prison telemedicine system experience. There is also one presentation that introduces a virtual instrument to monitor the workload of a surgeon in minimally invasive surgery. The MMVR 2004 proceedings include 40 papers from the United States, as well as 37 European contributions, 13 studies conducted in Asia, 3 in Canada, and one in Australia.

  • Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 12 - Building a Better You: The Next Tools for Medical Education, Diagnosis, and Care
  • Edited by James D. Westwood, Randy S. Haluck, Helene M. Hoffman, Greg T. Mogel, Roger Philips, and Richard A. Robb.
  • Published by IOS Press - Amsterdam/Berlin/Oxford/Tokyo/Washington, DC
  • 2004 - 428 p.
  • ISBN 1 58603 404 9
  • Available from Paul Gijsbers at IOS Press - Nieuwe Hemweg 6B - 1013 BG Amsterdam - The Netherlands
    Phone: +31-20-688-3355 - Fax: +31-20-620-3419 - E-mail:

Leslie Versweyveld

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