is leading a team of researchers awarded a three-year, $2.1 million grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop 3D virtual patient models that may eventually help radiologists to use safer doses of radiation when treating patients.
In 2000, X. George Xu, associate professor of nuclear and biomedical engineering at
The project combined precise organ and tissue anatomy with
Xu now plans to expand on VIP-Man in the new project by creating a library of additional 3D models that represent virtual female and male patients of various ages and body sizes.
The researchers will also develop advanced 4D patient models that simulate organ motions.