3D Visualization for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo [BPPV]

Jenny Macy, Department of Design

Project Director:
Dr. Kamran Barin, Department of Otolaryngology
Dr. Wayne Carlson, Department of Design
Maria Palazzi, Director of ACCAD

This project was a collaboration of The Ohio State Medical Center, The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design [ACCAD], and The Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communications Design at The Ohio State University.

The vision of this project was to add a pedagogical agent to an online program for medical students learning about an inner ear disorder known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo [BPPV]. Due to the many intricacies of the inner ear and its poor x-ray and MRI image quality, it is a difficult part of human anatomy to visualize. Traditional static images and cross sections of the inner ear are often tedious or confusing to the learner when explaining the maneuvers in treating symptoms for BPPV.

Jenny Macy produced 3D computer animations, including models, lighting and texturing of parts of the inner ear that correspond to text explanations of treatments for BPPV.

Completed in 2001.