APP for 3D interactive viewing of CMTRI Scans – IITD Student
Started as a research project, the new software application has now been packaged by Bansal as a business model.
In a first, an Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology student has made it possible to view CT and MRI images in a virtual reality environment through a software application.
Aid to medical community
Facilitating the works of the medical community has been the core of the new application, developed by IIIT-D final year B.Tech student Palash Bansal, which has been constrained till date to view these images only in two dimensions on computer screens.
Bansal about the project
“With the development of computer science and technology, we are now able to even reconstruct three-dimensional models of the scans through complex algorithms and colour them. But, these systems have many limitations now”, Bansal said. Bansal told PTI While explaining the outcome of his project that, “We have been able to take high-quality photos of the human body through MRI and CT scans for decades. These images enabled doctors to perform less invasive diagnostics on patients in less amount of time”.
Visualization of Scans
The scans can only be visualized on a computer screen that is 2D in nature and the work can be done only in labs, thereby depriving us of using both our eyes to perceive the depth,” Bansal said his application RealVol, which would soon be incorporated, has taken this technology several steps ahead, enabling a person upon providing a complete 3-dimensional perception and therefore to envision the same CT/MRI images in a Virtual Reality environment. The concept of virtual reality took off in foreign countries two years ago and grew interested in it, said Bansal adding he took it up because it was widely known that medical imaging is a big problem.
“After working for a few days I released a very basic version of the application, exploring a dental scan, on YouTube. After this, I started getting emails from a lot of people saying they would really like to use this and it has tremendous potential,” he said.
Role of RealVol
A three-dimensional, computer-generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person can be easily explained as Virtual reality.
RealVol also supports cheap mobile device headsets where it is possible to view a complete Virtual Reality view and perform some basic interactions with it. This is a ground-breaking innovation for medical classrooms where multiple students see what the instructor is experiencing in the Desktop headset setup since simple mobile VR headsets like Google Cardboard can be developed at a very low cost.
During the time of needs, mobile scans can be taken home, e-mailed, shared on social media etc and referred to whenever someone wants to consult it.