MMVR 13 proceedings to assume role of incubator for simulation, visualization and extension of reality in medicine

Amsterdam 08 February 2005The conference proceedings of the thirteenth edition of the annual "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality" (MMVR) event, held January 26-29, 2005 in Long Beach, California, have been published as the 111th volume in the series dedicated to Studies in Health Technology and Informatics by IOS Press in Amsterdam. This MMVR 2005 edition includes 124 papers addressing the challenges of creating imaginary patients, advanced imaging tools, robotics and intelligence networks, under the general theme of "The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now", in which the editors present the "Eureka!" moments of human ingenuity progressing from medical magic to medical reality through a long process of patient observation, experimentation and measurement.

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In this year's edition of the proceedings, some thirty papers are dedicated to the use of simulators and surgical training systems for laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, robotically-assisted surgery, arthroscopy, needle insertions, endoscopy, colonoscopy, obstetrics, and cranofacial surgery. Three of these studies address the simulation of audio signals to improve the results in surgeon training. Twenty-eight papers specifically focus on the educative aspects of simulation in order to more precisely assess the surgeon's skills and measure the student's progress in learning and medical practice.

Fifteen papers are dedicated to the challenging problems of visualization, three of which present a description of distributed or Grid-enabled environments. Eleven studies treat topics related to generating a virtual patient in various sorts of conducts and environments in order to better learn to approach the real patient or situation. In this category, three papers describe aspects of the Virtual Soldier project, one is addressing problems related to geriatry and another one explains how to work with schizophrenic patients.

A recurring MMVR topic constitutes the complex modelling of soft tissue: some twenty papers are describing research done in this area. The use of virtual reality for medical emergencies and in order to counter bioterrorism is addressed in six studies: a factor two multiplication in comparison with last year which indicates that grants seem more and more to be awarded to this type of research.

Augmented Reality is the subject of four papers and the use of VR-based systems for remote collaboration is addressed in three studies. Six papers are dedicated to the use of robots in simulation environments and two papers describe the use of Virtual Reality treatment solutions in rehabilitation. The MMVR 2005 proceedings include 64 papers from the United States, as well as 31 European contributions, 15 studies conducted in Asia, 6 in Canada, 5 in Australia, 2 in Colombia, and 1 in Israel.

  • Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 13 - The Magical Next Becomes the Medical Now
  • Edited by James D. Westwood, Randy S. Haluck, Helene M. Hoffman, Greg T. Mogel, Roger Philips, Richard A. Robb, and Kirby G. Vosburgh
  • Published by IOS Press - Amsterdam/Berlin/Oxford/Tokyo/Washington, DC
  • 2005 - 638 p.
  • ISBN 1 58603 498 7
  • 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: order@iospress.nl


Leslie Versweyveld

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