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Cherokee School Board reviews District's 'BodyViz' program

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Cherokee Community School District Board of Education received an overview of the District's recently acquired BodyViz Software program during its Management Team meeting Monday night.

The overview was presented by the Cherokee Washington High and Cherokee Middle School Science Departments, including WHS instructors Charity Anderson and James DeVos, and CMS instructors Diane Rochleau and Angie Creel.

BodyViz is affordable, easy to use, innovative software that's bringing 3D medical visualization to the forefront of technology. BodyViz creates incredible 3D MRI, CT scan visualizations, all quickly and easily created from a patient's MRI or CT scan data.

Located at the Iowa State University Research Park in the Cyber Innovation Institute, BodyViz was recently awarded the prestigious Prometheus Award for Startup Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Iowa. BodyViz creates incredible 3D MRI, CT scan visualizations unlocking medical imaging for doctors, specialists, surgeons as well as teaching institutions.

Leveraging expertise developed at ISU's state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Application Center(VRAC) on Iowa State University's campus, BodyViz was created by VRAC Director James Oliver, VRAC Associate Director, Eliot Winer and world renowned surgeon, Dr. Thom Lobe.

BodyViz has extensive visualization features that enable users to quickly and effectively view and interact with their patient's data in a never-before-seen 3D manner that is changing the way medical professionals view their world. The user interface is operated by an Xbox 360 controller which allows anyone from surgeons to medical/anatomy students to simply "travel" under the skin, past the bones, through the arteries, blood vessels and organs and literally fly through patients' bodies.

The game controller lets physicians create "clipping" planes and insert virtual surgical tools that can be maneuvered around internal structures of the anatomy in all directions. Users can also choose what tissue densities to view and from a variety of colors to enhance the data.

BodyViz is affordably priced, lightweight and simple to use on laptops or PCs.

Several Cherokee businesses and individuals have donated towards the BodyViz Software Program here, including the Cherokee Educational Foundation, R.J. Thomas Manufacturing, Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home, Haselhoff Construction, Subway, Holzhauer Motors, Rasmussen Ford, Gustafson Realty, Northwest Realty, Apple White Dental, Taco Johns, Lions Club, Joe Lundsgaard, and Dr. Gene Michel.

"We are extremely grateful to this community and to these contributors and their vested interest in the School District and the educational opportunities we can offer our students and faculty," said Cherokee Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom.

"The BodyViz technology is a cutting edge resource that will greatly enhance our Science Departments and benefit our students long into the future."



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