• Biomedical engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Cardiology
  • Data analytics
  • Health informatics
  • Health services
  • Internal medicine
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Medical education
  • Medical image analysis
  • Neuroscience
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiology and imaging
  • Surgery and subspecialties
  • Telemedicine/online health

Location: Ochsner Clinical School

Type of student: 

  • Both HDR and Extra-curricular
  • Honours students
  • 4 Unit Masters of Public Health (MPH) Student
  • PGY1: Post-graduate year 1
  • PGY2: Post-graduate year 2

Type of work: 

  • Chart reviews
  • Clinical work
  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Systematic review

Brief synopsis:

Introduction: The Ochsner Neurosciences Medical 3D (M3D) lab facilitates patient education, enhances medical training, and improves clinical care delivery using 3D printing(3DP), virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). We are using 21st century tools to deliver 21st century care by bringing these technologies to the point of care throughout the system including  the Neurosciences, Transplant, Cardiology, and Orthopedics.   These tools have allowed our clinicians to provide complex procedures and surgeries faster and better.  Additionally, the lab has leveraged these tools to enhance medical education and support research.

Lab Information:  The Ochsner Neurosciences M3D lab consists of a medical director (Dr. Korak Sarkar), bioengineers (Colin Curtis, Jack McGee), and a mixed reality developer (Alec Slayden).  This work is vitally supported by a variety of undergraduates, medical students, interns, residents and fellows as well.  The lab’s core competency entails the segmentation of routine medical imaging, e.g CT and MRI, into 3DP and VR models.   To date we have segmented over 400 anatomical models.

Applications:  In addition to our core competency in anatomical modeling, we have leveraged our expertise at the intersection of 3DP, VR, and healthcare into several other applications.  This includes: 

  1. Anatomical Modeling with 3DP and VR
  2. Non-anatomical prototyping and manufacturing, e.g. Transplant microscope adaptor
  3. Distraction Therapy with VR in Pediatrics
  4. Medical Simulation, e.g. Augmented Reality Lumbar Puncture trainer

Road Map VR and Healthcare is expected to be multi-billion dollar market by 2030.  The outlook is similar for 3DP and point of care medical manufacturing.  Currently, there are multiple traditional and non-traditional stakeholders engaging in this space, however no clear incumbents exist. Ochsner Health has established itself as a pioneer at the confluence of 3DP, VR, and AR.  Due to this foundational work, Ochsner Health has the opportunity to  transform into one of the leaders of this novel, emerging and increasingly integral healthcare space.  Ochsner has the opportunity to become one of the first healthcare organizations to use VR-based design to create personalized 3DP medical devices with AR supported care delivery.

Prerequisite skills: No Prerequisite required. Experience with CAD, RedCaps, Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Software application development and/or Virtual Reality can be beneficial.

Time frame: flexible

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Dr Louis Jeansonne

Dr Louis Jeansonne

Chief Medical Information Officer
Ochsner Clinical School