IEEE VR 2015, 23-27 March 2015, Arles, France
Marc at IEEE VRMarc Edwards was at the IEEE VR 2015 Lab/Project Demos with: Towards a High Resolution Grip Measurement Device for Orthopaedics. We are developing a novel device for measuring hand power grip using frustrated total internal reflection of light in acrylic. Our method uses a force sensitive resistor to calibrate the area, light intensity and force of a power grip. This research is work in progress but results so far augur well for its applicability in medical and other application areas. The grip measurement device allows the patient and doctor to see the change in grip over time and projects this information directly onto the back of their hands.

Gareth Henshall was also making a poster presentation based on the work that he did as a summer intern for the Advanced Medical Imaging and Visuaization Unit: Towards A High Fidelity Simulation of the Kidney Biopsy Procedure. Our goal is to provide an affordable high fidelity simulation through the integration of some of the latest off-the-shelf technology components. The range of forces that are encountered during this procedure have been recorded using a custom designed force sensitive glove and then applied within the simulation.
November 2014 Newsletter
November 2014

RASimAS team meet in Crete 
More than 30 European experts meet in Crete to draw a strategy for the coming years.

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October 2014

The unit's paper on 'The assessment of composite thumb motion using digital motion tracking: A pilot study' has been accepted to be presented at The British Society for the Surgery of the Hand (BSSH), Autumn Scientific Meeting 2014, at the Royal College of Surgeons, London 16-17 October 2014

Our NHS collaborator: Mr E P Jesudason (Consultant Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeon) will be giving the presentation.
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11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI)
Barcelona 20-25 July 2014

Yi Ding attended the above event to present his poster on:

"Simulation of surgical cutting using a progressive cutting scheme And extended finite element method."
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Aberystwyth University (Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar at the Department of Computer Science) was awarded a £60,000 grant to fund an innovative research project aimed at improving how prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men, is diagnosed.

This generous grant, given by the Merthyr Tydfil-based appliance manufacturing giant Hoover and awarded by The Prostate Cancer Charity, will help improve the accuracy of prostate cancer diagnosis. The funds will pay for the entire three year PhD studentship at the University, which will run until Autumn 2014. The research project is to investigate the novel idea of combining magnetic resonance (MRI) and ultrasound results to give a more detailed initial map of exactly where prostate tumours are, and also a better indication of tumour size.

Professor Zwiggelaar said, “We are delighted that the Prostate Cancer Charity, with support from the Hoover Foundation, is supporting this research to help improve the accuracy of prostate cancer diagnosis for the hundreds of thousands of men affected by the disease. "
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Kate Holmes from The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), Jonathan Roscoe, David Lunt, Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar and Leanne Fenwick, also from TPCC.


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Professor Nigel John was presented with a Churchill medallion at a prestigious biennial award ceremony in London this week (Wednesday, 28th May 2014), after successfully completing his Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.

Nigel was presented with a Churchill medallion by Guest of Honour, Dame Mary Peters DBE, Olympic gold medal winning pentathlete and a 1972 Churchill Fellow herself. Dame Mary presented 113 Fellows with their medallions at a ceremony in Church House, in Central London.  Church House has significant Churchillian associations as during the Blitz, Winston Churchill requisitioned Church House as a makeshift Houses of Parliament after the originals had been damaged by bombing. It was also from Church House that he made his famous speech announcing the sinking of the Bismarck on 24th May 1941.

As part of his Fellowship, Nigel travelled to Singapore and Australia to investigate a computer simulated virtual patient for training clinicians with a view to establishing new research collaborations in this field.
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Prof Nigel John is elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
Congratulations to Prof Nigel John who has been elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. The Learned Society of Wales was formally launched on 25 May 2010. The Society aims to establish itself both as a recognised representative of the world of Welsh learning internationally and as a source of authoritative, scholarly and critical comment and advice on policy issues affecting Wales. To be elected a Fellow of the Society an individual must have "a demonstrable record of excellence and achievement in one of the academic disciplines or, being members of the professions, the arts, industry, commerce or public service" as well as "having made a distinguished contribution to the world of learning”.
April 2014 - Newsletter
Image MIVS 2014

MIVS 2014 was a free to attend event held at Ysybty Gwynedd (Bangor), Heath Park Campus (Cardiff) and Morriston Hospital (Swansea) to showcase some of the exciting project work which is currently being carried out by the unit.
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The first of 3 events: 'MIVS 2014' (Medical Imaging and Visualization Solutions) was held at the Post Graduate Centre, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor on Fri 17 Jan 2014.

BBC Radio Wales came along to interview some of team for their 'Science Cafe' Programme.

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February 2013 - Best poster prize
During the NextMed/Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR) conference held during the week of February 22nd 2013 in San Diego, CA, our researchers gave an oral presentation and two poster presentations on Unit projects. The poster on the "Femoral Head 3D Measuring Tool" project by Chris Hughes won a best research poster presentation award. Llyr ap Cenydd also presented the VCath App, and Serban Pop gave an oral presentation on blood flow modelling research. NextMed/MMVR is as an annual international forum for researchers harnessing IT advances for the benefit of patient diagnosis and care, medical education, and procedural training.


October 2012 - Launch of 'VCath' a virtual learning iPad app to help train future neurosurgeons

A new mobile app, downloadable free of charge, will assist with the training of future neurosurgeons, and is just one of a stream of programmes being developed, adapting visual computing and three dimensional realities to provide cost-effective virtual learning for a range of medical procedures.

A basic skill that trainee neurosurgeons need to gain early in their training is an appreciation of the ventricular system in the brain, and how to cannulate it in an emergency. The flow of cerebrospinal fluid can be obstructed in the ventricles by many pathological processes leading to a dangerous condition known as hydrocephalus. The pressure within the ventricles can rise, leading to loss of consciousness. The ventricular system can be cannulated in the operating theatre, fluid drained and the potentially lethal rise in pressure relieved. This procedure is a commonly performed in neurosurgical departments.

To read the full Press Release - please click here

Watch a short clip about the development here

BBC WALES TODAY news feature here
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July 2012 - MIUA 2012 (Swansea)
This 16th annual technical meeting was hosted in Swansea in July 2012. MIUA is the principal UK forum for communicating research progress within the community interested in image analysis applied to medicine and related biological science. It has been a successful series begun in Oxford in 1997. The meetings are designed for the dissemination and discussion of research in medical image understanding and analysis, an expanding area in which significant advances are currently being made. It is an area notable for the range of research communities involved, and the meeting aimed to encourage the growth and raise the profile of this multi-disciplinary field by bringing together the various communities.
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