Development of a virtual reality model of the normal female pelvic floor

M. S. Damaser*, M. Parikh, M. L. Rasmussen, L. Brubaker, R. Evenhouse, C. Salomon, K. Sakamoto, Z. Ai

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Abstract

The anatomy of the pelvic floor is complex and difficult to visualize. Thus, a virtual reality (VR) model could be useful both for teaching and research. The aim of this project was to develop a static three-dimensional (3-D) VR model of the normal female pelvic floor. An asymptomatic nulliparous twenty-three year old female with no urinary incontinence symptoms underwent a high resolution pelvic floor magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Manual segmentation of selected pelvic floor structures were performed. 3-D models were then created and edited. The completed models were displayed on an ImmersaDesk VR system. Stereovision glasses were used to enhance the model while a receiver tracked head position. The VR models accurately displayed the anatomy of the female pelvic floor. A 3-D VR model of the female pelvic floor could be used to enhance our understanding of anatomy and physiology of this complex part of the body. It could be used as a tool for both teaching and research, promoting improved treatment of pelvic floor pathologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2395-2396
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002

Keywords

  • 3-dimensional
  • Anatomy
  • Female
  • Model
  • Pelvic floor
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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