Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are both novel technologies allowing users to experience enhanced or virtual environments with the use of head-mounted displays. In VR a user wears a head-mounted display that allows complete immersion in a 3D world. Using controllers, objects may be picked up and manipulated in the same way an object would be in the real world. In AR the user has a transparent head-mounted display which overlays images and data onto the real world.
Together, these two technologies are referred to as Extended Reality (XR), and they will open new avenues for the visualisation and analysis of data in the field of medicine. The Analysis, Visualization and Informatics group (AVI) at the MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology is at the forefront of this drive to use XR for biomedical research and patient care.
Oxford University - Analysis, Visualization and Informatics group
The Analysis, Visualization and Informatics group (AVI) at the MRC WIMM Centre for Computational Biology is responsible for the development and implementation of new ways to analyse, integrate, query and visualise large biomedical datasets. The work described on this site has arisen following collaborations with various groups in Oxford including,
Oxford University - Extended Reality for the Medical Sciences
These collaborations have alerted us to the fact there are a wide range of potential applications for XR in medicine, spanning research, preoperative investigation, training, patient therapy and public engagement. In this burgeoning field there is a strong need to collaborate across disciplines to develop best working practices and we wish to set up a "Medical XR Facility", akin to the Single Cell Facility. This new Facility would help biological scientists in Oxford who need to develop applications and would like to use XR as part of their work but do not have access to such niche developer skills. It will help build a common platform across departments and provide resources and training to ensure promising applications of the technology are exploited to the full and for Oxford to become a world leader in Medical XR.
This work has been funded by: