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Virtual Anatomical Models and Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life

While we try to organize new sessions in the SciFoo Lives On series and new medical exercices in the Ann Myers Medical Center, here is some interesting material on other educational opportunities of Second Life, the virtual world:

Looks like sculpted prims can be used to create fairly realistic models of organs. Now, wouldn’t it be fun if we could actually make the heart model to beat in 3D. This is not too difficult to do actually; we would just need a number of sculptie textures, each texture representing a given 3D animation state, and run through the set leaving a few time gaps to let the shape settle before moving on to the next sculptie texture. The heart model and the lung sound ausculation tool (further right in the picture) are currently housed in the medical library on Obelix.


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  1. Kathleen Rose #

    Bertalan – are you planning (by any chance) to attend the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference (MMVR16) in Long Beach, CA USA (28-Jan-2008 to 1-Feb-2008)? I’ve been reading your blog (complements of Google Alerts–you pop up there a lot) and this conference seems like a great match to many of your interests.

    November 14, 2007
  2. Dear Kathleen,

    Thank you for the notice! I would love to, but it’s really hard to get a visa without an invitation letter. I’ll try to get it anyway in the middle of January. So maybe, I can make it. :)

    November 14, 2007
  3. Hello, Bertalan – As a conference organizer, I can provide you an invitation letter to our “Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 16” conference. Can you give me an email address to which I can email a letter in PDF? We would very much enjoy having you share your research and blogging experience at MMVR16!

    November 14, 2007
  4. Very interesting, thank you

    November 14, 2007
  5. Oh, James, it would be fantastic! (berci.mesko [at]

    Anyway, you gave me a big question to answer. I planned to make my first trip (and get a visa) to the US somewhere in the first months of 2008, but to NY. It’s not easy to be absent from medical school for 1-2 weeks, so I don’t think I could make both.

    Now I have to choose… :)

    November 14, 2007
  6. We have a nice selection of 3d virtual anatomical structures. Follow this link to see a nice representation of a 3D beating heart as you mentioned above:

    November 9, 2008

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