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Virtual human 3D software provides visual training for U of C students

University of Calgary researchers have developed a virtual human that uses a variety of touch interfaces to teach students anatomy and physiology in 3D.

The interactive tool, called LINDSAY, will bridge the gap in textbook teaching by marrying visual theory with real-life practices said Dr. Bruce Wright, associate dean of undergraduate medical education.

The software, used on devices like the iPad, has the potential to revolutionize medical education said Wright.

The project was named after promising medical student Dr. Lindsay Kimmett, who died in a car accident in 2009.

An honour her parents, Dianne and Kelly Kimmett think most befitting.

Her mother, Dianne Kimmett, said Lindsay needed visual aids to learn from and would spend hours in the cadaver lab to learn her anatomy and physiology.

“There was no tool like this that could’ve been a part of her education,” she said. “She would’ve loved this.”

“Lindsay was going to save a lot of lives as an emergency physician,” her father Kelly Kimmett said.

“And with this project she is going to save a lot of lives because we’re going to have better doctors because of this.”

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