Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Information Technology Award: 2018 Winners

MMS Information Technology Award: 2018 Winners

Michael DiBenedetto – Mobile app using augmented reality to overlay digital radiographic information

Category: Resident

The mobile application leverages augmented reality technology to overlay digital radiographic information directly onto real patients. The system works with 2D radiographs and 3D images in an interactive, shareable environment which can be used for educational purposes as well as clinically to assist in surgical decision making, incision planning and pathfinding for percutaneous instrumentation. Use of the application results in shorter operating room times, less use of intraoperative imaging, smaller incisions, and improved understanding of 3D anatomy. Because it has leverages existing mobile phone technology is has no additional hardware or cost and can be used in resource limited settings. The app has the potential to revolutionize nearly all surgical fields and will benefit students and residents by helping them understand 3D anatomy underlying surgical procedures.

Hillary Mullen – Using imaging and 3D printing to create cadaveric models

Category: Student

To effectively learn anatomy, medical students must develop an understanding of the spatial relationships between structures of the human body. While atlases can provide an introduction, it is difficult to infer three-dimensional relationships from a two-dimensional image. Because of this, cadaveric models have proven to be an essential tool in teaching gross anatomy (Biasutto et al, 2006). While extremely useful, cadaveric dissection is costly, may pose health risks and is ethically complex (Hasan, 2011). Recent advances in imaging and 3D printing technology have made it possible to effectively model anatomical relationships without the use of cadavers. Here we demonstrate that it is possible to use computer-aided-design software and a Makerbot 2x Replicator 3D printer to inexpensively create a model of the female perineum and pelvic organs. We plan on making the 3D print files openly accessible for educational purposes and continue to add to our library of 3D printed structures.

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