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University of Aberdeen looks into 3D medical imaging

3D images for medical students
The aim is for 3D technology to examine organs with precision

Medical students at the University of Aberdeen are being helped by the development of 3D technology.

The university is working with the Digital Learning Foundation on the pilot of software which can transform a medical scan into a 3D image.

The data can then be studied by medical students wearing special glasses like those worn by audiences watching 3D films in cinemas.

The aim is to allow medical students to explore how organs fit together.

'Greater insight'

Prof Ron Keenan, a retired NHS Grampian consultant surgeon who is now involved in teaching medical students, said: "The 3D facility is a unique and exciting advance for the University of Aberdeen.

"The facility will be a fantastic teaching tool that will help our medical students gain a greater insight into organs in our body and how they relate to other parts of the body.

"I also believe that with further investment 3D could be used in the future in clinical practice."

Phil Lavery, chief executive officer of the Digital Learning Foundation, said: "Today's students are of the Playstation generation, having grown up with digital technology, it is embedded in their lives.

"It is essential that modern medical teaching practice embraces this fact."

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