2019 AMI Online Salon

Autopsy Brain Removal Training Using Virtual Reality Simulation

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Insil Choi

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Baltimore,MD

  • Client: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Medium/software used: Unity, Artec Space Spider, Artec Studio, Cinema 4D, Pixologic ZBrush, Adobe Photoshop

  • Final presentation format: Virtual Reality surgical training simulation

  • Primary Audience: Autopsy assistants, Neuropathology and Pathology residents and fellows

Project Description

Training in autopsy brain removal is challenging because: 1) the number of hospital autopsies have declined, 2) incorrect cutting planes and depth of cut during opening of the cranium can lead to inadequate exposure of, or damage to the brain, 3) initial hesitation to perform the procedure due to proximity to the face, and 4) current teaching tools are limited to drawings and photographs; no physical practice of the procedure is involved. To address this deficit, a virtual reality (VR) simulation was created to teach proper methodology in performing steps of the autopsy brain removal. The simulation provides an immersive VR interactive experience using realistic virtual patient models, sound effects, and haptic responses within a VR autopsy suite, exposing trainees to an autopsy suite environment. It also features real-time visual feedback and evaluation of user performance to assist in improvement of skills and knowledge during the step of opening the cranium with an oscillating saw.