Virtual Reality Heart

Developing a highly accurate, animated model of the human heart in virtual reality to be deployed as a University education tool.

Clinical educators Dr Charles Sevigny and Jairus Bowne from the Department of Physiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences are collaborating with the NSI Lab to create a virtual reality (VR) experience that will help educate the next generation of cardiac specialists and surgeons.

This joint initiative has created a highly-detailed virtual beating heart that can be manipulated (grab, rotation, magnification, pulse rate, etc.) with VR hand controllers. This allows close examination of individual components of the heart, which can also be individually turned off and on.

Using the VR Heart, students can quickly and accurately understand how each part of the overall anatomical structure fits and works together. Traditional 2D textbook figures simply cannot convey this complex 3D structural and motion information.