Dominique Duncan, assistant professor of neurology at Keck, uses HTC Vive. Surrounding her are MRI images. (Photo courtesy of Dominique Duncan)When MRI scans are taken, technology automatically splits the data into different sections, often resulting in errors that must be fixed manually. The process of correcting these errors is tedious and time consuming, in addition to teaching students how to do so. The Keck School of Medicine has developed a solution to this problem — a new technology called Virtual Brain Segmenter. VBS uses virtual reality features to decipher errors in brain scan data more effectively, instead of relying on computer programs to complete the same task.“People who had never interacted with MRI data were really excited about the tool,” said Dominique Duncan, an assistant professor of neurology at Keck. “And many commented that it already felt like a game and that they’d love to spend their free time using the tool.”The idea for this technology was conceived when Duncan was working in one of the neuroimaging labs teaching student volunteers to correct errors in MRI data.She noticed that students did not like the work, so she decided to create a solution using technology from electronic company HTC’s Vive, a virtual reality headset.“I was excited when we reached a point where it actually worked, because developing it took some time,” Duncan said. “I loved seeing people’s reactions when they tried it and enjoyed using it.” Duncan explained that the new technology allows users to zoom in and out of data with ease, while making it easier for them to concentrate on a set of data. A small-size experiment revealed that using the VBS technology saved users 68 seconds when finding data errors in MRI scans, according to USC News. “It just brings you closer to the data, helping you to better understand its spatial relationships and to provide an intuitive understanding of what goes with what,” said Arthur Toga, director of USC’s Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. Now, Duncan plans to work with three L.A. high schools to continue testing VBS before crowdsourcing.“There are many things that will continue to improve the process, the interface [and] the presentation,” Toga said.Duncan hopes that VBS will become so intuitive and user-friendly that non-experts can assist with correcting errors.“As soon as we implement a few extra features, we plan to focus on crowdsourcing this tool and [have] it used by a wide audience around the world,” Duncan said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Battle’s possible absence most likely means more playing time for shooting guard Buddy Boeheim. And if starting point guard Frank Howard checks out of the game, it’d probably be for freshman point guard Jalen Carey, who’s fallen out of the lineup in recent weeks. Carey hasn’t played double-digit minutes since January 12, although he showed an ability to score with 40 points across SU’s two games at Madison Square Garden in November.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange tip off with Pittsburgh at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner will play Duke in the ACC quarterfinals on Thursday.This post has been updated with additional reporting. UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:37 p.m.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tyus Battle’s status has been updated to a game-time decision, according to Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. A previous report listed him as out against Pittsburgh in Syracuse’s ACC tournament-opener. Battle suffered a bruised hip in SU’s loss to Clemson on Saturday.With about two and a half minutes to play on Saturday, Battle drove, was fouled and fell awkwardly on his hip. He laid on the ground for a minute or two before limping off. He checked back in before subbing himself back out with under a minute to play. After the game, he had ice packs wrapped around his lower back in the locker room.Battle leads the Orange in scoring at more than 17 points per game. He’s also spent time this year as SU’s backup point guard. Both roles might need to be filled in Syracuse’s third meeting with the Panthers — the Orange are 2-0 this season against Pittsburgh. Comments Published on March 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 read more