New ProEvaluation, characterization, and segmentation of 3D ultrasound data volumes for medical teaching purposes (MEDUSAR = Medical Ultrasound Anthropomorphic Rapid Prototyping Models)
Austria (AMSA) - University of Vienna, Vienna
Center for Medical Physics & Biomed. Eng., UltraSound-Lab, Medical Univ. Vienna.
Assist.Prof.Dr. Christian Kollmann
Assist.Prof.Dr. Christian Kollmann
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Rapid Prototyping is a promising powerful technology that has the potential to revolutionize certain spheres in the ever changing and challenging field of medical science. The process involves building of prototypes or working models in relatively short time to help create and test various design features, ideas, concepts, functionality and in certain instances outcome and performance. Within the last years our lab has developed different multi-media tools for undergraduate medical ultrasound teaching. The technological and medical background has been combined on those tools to optimize modern medical teaching comprehensively. In this project we would like to include the technical imaging information provided by 3D-/4D ultrasound data together with the medical outcome for teaching and e-learning purposes.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of this project is to evaluate the inherent information provided with 3D-ultrasound data sets together with the medical context, in order to get specific and sufficient information for using it as teaching & preparing multi-media material.
What techniques and methods are used?
Mainly specific software, such as computer aided designing softwares like Pro-Engineer, Auto CAD or Turbo CAD, will be used for preparing and manipulating the available 3D/4D-ultrasound data sets retrospectively. The main concept of this software is to import the ultrasound data, and design the model, which can be sent directly to the machine for its production.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will check the validity of the data sets and evaluate the specific tasks needed to build-up the required teaching materials and information, such as animations, views and medical information of 3D-data. With supervision, the student will learn to distinguish the unnecessary data from the useful one. This is important, as it decreases the time and material required for creating the model, and hence the cost of production. After this, student will be able to evaluate on his own. Medical context supervision of the ultrasounddata will be provided; however, the student is expected to show self-initiative and bring up new ideas. Some examples for rapid prototyping applications are listed below: orthopaedic and spinal surgery, maxillofacial and dental surgeries, oncology and reconstruction surgeries, obstetrics and congenital defects. At the end, 3D rapid prototype printer will be employed to produce the model.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Introduction to the specified work and tasks will take place the first days in the lab
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
- basic knowledge in obstetrics/gynecology, ultrasound imaging, image processing and presentation tools - interest in E-Learning and medical teaching items
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Students in biomedical fields
- Kollmann; C. MEDUSAR. Zentrum für medizinische Physik und biomedizinische Technik. Medizinische Universität Wien. 2016. [Date accessed: 20 May 2018] URL:
- Lai SS et al. Design of anthropomorphic flow phantoms based on rapid prototyping of compliant vessel geometries. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2013;39:1654-64.