Alverno Clinical Laboratories has worked with CIVS to create 3D visualization projects. Among them was a virtual tour of the facility. In 2016, a large section of the lab was remodeled to accommodate the new Beckman Coulter Automated Express line. Alverno wanted to update the previously developed virtual tour to showcase this new automated express line. The 3D technology being developed at CIVS allows users to be immersed in the lab environment and experience first-hand the newly remodeled space.
A new protocol is being implemented at a Northwest Indiana Hospital to identify risk for sepsis. To help train their nurses on how to use the protocol, an interactive virtual training module has been developed collaboratively by students from Purdue Calumet Nursing, and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health is one of the largest hospitals in Northwest region, where a newly designed emergency room is being constructed to replace the existing ER. During construction, a display will be viewable on site to provide the public with imagery showing what the finished facility will look like. Using architectural drawings and photos of existing equipment, a 3D model of the emergency room and equipment was created and used to generate an animated walk-through of the new space.
The ability to visualize internal structures is in many cases essential to both understanding bodily function and for physicians to determine the best patient treatment options. Medical imaging techniques such as X-ray computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are used to visualize internal body structures in two dimensions but cannot provide a comprehensive three dimensional image without further processing and refinement.
Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI) are two active research areas in neuroimaging. DTI is sensitive to the anisotropic diffusion of water exerted by its macromolecular environment and has been shown useful in characterizing structures of ordered tissues such as the brain white matter, myocardium, and cartilage. Functional MRI measures brain activations using the hemodynamic response. The combination of these two methods provides a new way to understand human brain from the anatomical neuronal fiber connectivity to functional activities between different brain regions.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health is one of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest region, where a special care nursery area is to be constructed upon the base of an existing nursery area. During construction, a display will be viewable on site to provide the public with imagery showing what the finished facility will look like. A virtual tour of the new construction using virtual reality visualization technology was identified as an effective tool. Using architectural drawings and photos of existing equipment, a 3D model of the special care nursery and equipment was created and used to generate an animated walk-through of the new space.
St. Margaret Health wished to create a series of 3d video segments to focus on important elements of an active threat situation. Video segments are intended to be mixed in with a presentation that will include an already existing live-action video sequence showing an active threat incident in the hospital. The 3d video segments are intended to support and draw attention to key elements of the live-action sequence.
GIRK channels (G protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel) are a type of protein found in neurons and have many roles in the nervous system, including memory and pain perception. Improper function of this protein has been linked to altered neural signaling and cell death. A better understanding of how these channels function is important to determine the full scope of their physiological role and possible contributions to disease states.
As automated medication dispensing stations become more prominent in hospitals, errors decrease and patient care increases. However, this requires user training and does not eliminate human error. Exploring new training options using virtual reality can lead to increased efficiency and a further reduction in medication errors.
PCL Alverno, a full-service, community-based medical laboratory located in Hammond, Indiana, is celebrating their latest in a long line of accolades: being acknowledged as an innovator in Northwest Indiana by the Society of Innovators (sponsored by Ivy Tech). As PCL Alverno prepares to host the Innovators Café event at their facilities, they turn to CIVS to both provide a full, virtual tour of their labs, and to plan the space of their facilities to incorporate new equipment that will help save lives.