CAVE2 Virtual Environment Image 1
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CAVE2 Virtual Environment (Image 1)

January 11, 2013
The CAVE2™ system is a next-generation, large-scale, virtual environment--a room in which images are seamlessly displayed so as to immerse an observer in a cyber world of 3-D data. Here, Thomas Marrinan, a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and computer science Ph.D. candidate, visualizes brain vasculature and cortical tissue in the CAVE2 system. Specifically, the reconstruction of a patient's vessels and cortical tissue gathered from MRI data is supplemented with artificially generated microvasculature to simulate vessels below the resolution of imaging techniques in order to provide doctors with more information. The research was done in collaboration with the UIC Bioengineering Department's Laboratory for Product and Process Design. EVL OmegaLib software was used to display the 3-D model in the CAVE2 system. This research is supported by a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The award, "MRI-R2: Development of the Next-generation CAVE Virtual Environment (NG-CAVE)" (grant CNS 09-59053), is under the direction of Andrew E. Johnson, Jason Leigh, Maxine D. Brown and Tom Peterka, May 2010 to April 2013. You can learn more about research in the CAVE2 system in NSF press release 12-228, State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality System Is Key to Medical Discovery. Or visit the EVL website Here. (Date of Image: 2012) Credit: Photo by Lance Long; courtesy Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago

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