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Whiz Kids: Teaching anatomy with augmented reality

As part of the Clinical Anatomy Research Scholars (CARS) program at Stanford, 15 lucky interns came to campus this summer to conduct research alongside professors in a variety of fields, including medicine, surgical simulation, robots, and biomedical visualization.

This video shows off one such project by Monte Vista High School student Nishant Jain. In his project, Jain developed an augmented reality application that can be used to teach anatomy. Here's how he describes his handiwork on YouTube:

In order to combat the challenges of current anatomical educational techniques, I have developed a prototype of an educational tool that has the ability to superimpose accurate digital models of human anatomy, that are derived from actual patient CT Scan Data, into real space, in real time. This will enable students to interact with a digital model as if it was present right in front of them, thereby providing a natural and intuitive experience that invokes spatial learning. Combined with annotations and video lectures by Stanford faculty that could be embedded in the software, this augmented reality system is a significant novel development that has the potential to revolutionize anatomical education.

As you can see, it's pretty neat work. Jain, along with his fellow interns, also entered his project in NPR's "What's Your Big Idea?" video contest. I'll be sharing more of these projects on Scope in the coming days. Right now, Jain's video has 1,691 views and 255 likes!

The CARS program is based in the Division of Clinical Anatomy, and is directed by W. Paul Brown, DDS.

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