Advancements are happening all around us as at exciting rates. Medical advancements underway and yet unfathomed may very well prove to be some of the most thrilling, not to mention vastly life-enhancing, improvements of this century. Seriously, there’s printable organs now. And it’s wonderful to point out how our old friend the image is propelling the course of education in the healing arts.
Lend a retina below to the preliminary but truly tangible blueprints of Project Esper, an augmented and mixed reality undertaking by 3D 4 Medical that stands ready to make a popular revolution of anatomical understanding.
Immaculately detailed, nearly-living, pull-apart projections of human forms may very well unleash rookie and seasoned medical professionals alike from dependency on the blinding fine-print and static limits of reference tomes that could break a metatarsal or two if accidentally dropped on an unsuspecting foot. Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and technicians could instead carry a vault of curative knowledge in their lab coat pockets, better able to share it with their patients.
Imagine sitting in the examination room before a digital model of yourself, wincing and pointing “this is where it hurts” and being met with the full-scale inner-workings of that troublesome abdominal cavity.
Medical students who learn and remember better when responding to visual or tactile cues will certainly be able to better serve you one day at your sickbed, and for those of you thoroughly creeped out by the notion of donating your body to science, universities won’t need many cadavers anyway.
Besides absolute heaps of stringent physiological research, the backbone of Project Esper is its optical elements. Centuries of on-paper efforts and dioramas by medical illustrators are taking on multiple new dimensions with an intuitive, user-friendly interface. Even the expectations of what something “visual” is is being expanded upon within this clinical scope. What is seen in three-dimensions now reacts to physical touch. It is accompanied by a wealth of specialised knowledge and offers customisable interactions. The tiniest details of the mechanical composition that is the body, down to the slightest curving bone of the skull, can be sequestered and perused from any angle. Visuals are even paired with speech and shared between professors and students, entire hospital staffs and any one out there with affection for nerves and bones and entrails.
Such developments will manipulate new realities in healthcare systems, by increasing diagnostic accuracy and understanding between experts and ill laymen. Three cheers for longevity and well-being. Yet from a visual cultural perspective, 3D 4 Medical’s endeavours are spilling out the guts of art history’s classical nude. By so beautifully presenting the raw structures that make life possible, Project Esper is also effectively forcing the eye to work productively with other physical senses and declaring that pictorial elements are capable of far more than we previously thought possible.