College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ISU anatomy expert, CoE professors create digital models to train surgical students

Diana Peterson, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, envisions a 3D virtual reality program simulating human and animal anatomy to recreate the surgical experience.

Two years ago, Peterson found the technology used to teach students about the inner workings of the human body surpassed what was used in veterinary classes.

She began working with Stephen Gilbert, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Eliot Winer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, to create highly detailed 3D digital diagrams using data from CT scans of animals.

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