Victoria University of Manchester - Manchester Visualisation Centre and University Department of Surgery
The Manchester Visualization Centre (MVC) provides visualisation, computer graphics, multimedia and image processing services to the University of Manchester, and the UK academic community. Additionally MVC undertakes a diverse program of research and development funded both by industry and by a variety of agencies including the EU, and UK research Councils. MVC also hosts the International AVS Centre, a centre for independent user support funded by Advanced Visualization Systems Inc.
As well as its contribution to regional health care, the University Department of Surgery at Manchester's Royal Infirmary has pioneered many innovative surgical techniques. The Department's most recent achievement (in partnership with Virtual Presence Limited) was MISTVR - a system which evolved from an earlier research grant from the UK Department of Health and the Wolfson Foundation.
- Manchester Visualisation Centre:
visualisation, computer graphics, multimedia, image processing, telemedicine
- University Department of Surgery:
virtual laparoscopy, tele-proctoring
The MVC is involved in research and development covering the areas of visualisation for medical diagnostic work, chemistry and the social sciences as well as more traditional areas such as image analysis, computer graphics and animation. MVC is also involved in a number of
projects relating to the application of high-performance computing, and is building up its expertise in VR applications.
Through these activities and support on national service computer systems, the MVC has developed as a national centre of expertise for visualisation and high-performance computing and it deals with user queries far beyond Manchester, coming from all parts of the UK and
abroad, from academia and industry. This provides the MVC with a large base of user contacts and with a wide range of experience in diverse application areas.
The University Department of Surgery has been active in the development and use of VR technology in surgery for many years. Together with industrial partners, they have jointly developed commercial products such as the MISTVR laparoscopic surgical trainer, and are currently working on an Interventional Cardiac Training (ICT) Simulator.
A new initiative is currently being planned to provide interactive interpretation of 3D scanned images (CT, MRI, Angiograms) in the operating theatre during Hepato-Pancreatic surgery. The images from the appropriate scanners and x-ray suites will be fast-ported to the Medical School and MVC to allow the necessary tissue discrimination and 3D reconstruction to occur. Supercomputing facilities will be used to transform the images into a format that could be run on a laptop. Finally, appropriate software will be developed to allow rapid-response interaction with the processed images that will run on the laptop in the operating theatre. The impact of this facility will be assessed in a series of patients undergoing tumour surgery of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas, with regard to decisions on operability and tumour clearance. There may also be other end-points such as correlation with intra-operative ultrasound findings, or even operating time and blood loss.
Products, projects and services
Victoria University of Manchester
Manchester Visualisation Centre
Dr. Nigel W. John
University Department of Surgery
Dr. Rory F. McCloy
Manchester M13 9PL
E-mail Dr. John: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail Dr. McCloy: R.McCloy@man.ac.uk
Web site: www.man.ac.uk/MVC
Manchester, Tuesday 5th October 1999