D I C O M V R
A New Way of Viewing Volumetric Medical Imaging and Planning Targeted Radiation Treatment in Virtual Reality
Chris Williams (medical physicist) and Kos Kovtun (radiation oncologist) work at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. They are developing DICOM VR because of fundamental need to work with the increasing complexity of volumetric medical imaging.
This work has recently been funded by a Brigham Research Institute Shark Tank grant.
Volumetric imaging, such as CT or MRI, is an integral part of medicine but is currently restricted to displaying 3D information on a 2D screen. Limitations of this include difficulty in defining non-coplanar anatomy, inaccuracy in contouring due to interpolation and an increasing need for users to mentally create 3D models as treatments become more complex and non-coplanar.
Leveraging newly available virtual reality hardware, we are developing a system that enables clinicians to intuitively view and manipulate medical images in a 3D virtual reality environment to improve the speed, safety, and precision of image-guided cancer treatments.