[ISEA2011] Panel: John McGhee – 3D Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion for Pa­tient Cen­tred Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Panel Statement

Panel: Serious Animation: Beyond Art and Entertainment

This paper will de­scribe a prac­tice-led en­quiry into the value of 3-D Com­puter Gen­er­ated Im­agery (CGI) in the vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and an­i­ma­tion of clin­i­cal ra­di­o­log­i­cal scan data. The aim of this work is to de­velop an al­ter­na­tive path­way to vi­su­al­is­ing clin­i­cal data that aug­ments and chal­lenges the ex­ist­ing med­ical imag­ing aes­thetic. It ques­tions the in­tegrity of the au­thors arts-based in­ter­pre­ta­tion of  ra­di­o­log­i­cal scan data and its rel­e­vance in the re­al­world con­text of en­hance­ment of doc­tor-pa­tient com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­ac­tion. Ex­plor­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for a new vi­su­al­i­sa­tion path­way that brings to­gether the vi­sual and nar­ra­tive ap­proaches of a 3-D com­puter an­i­ma­tion aes­thetic and the de­tail em­bed­ded in­clin­i­cal ra­di­o­log­i­cal scan data. A multi-method ap­proach is used to ad­dress the key re­search ques­tions. The meth­ods are in­formed by a col­lab­o­ra­tive two-year res­i­dency at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, NHS Tay­side, Dundee. The de­signer’s tacit knowl­edge is dis­cussed in re­la­tion to pro­vid­ing a trans­fer­able model of work­ing, propos­ing ap­proaches for the fu­ture vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of med­ical scan data from a pa­tient cen­tric point of view.

  • Dr. John McGhee was orig­i­nally trained as an In­dus­trial De­signer at Grays School of Art. John then spent sev­eral years in the com­puter graph­ics in­dus­try work­ing on web de­sign, mul­ti­me­dia and 3D com­puter an­i­ma­tion. John’s re­search began on the MSc in an­i­ma­tion and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art & De­sign, where he ex­plored the rel­e­vance of cre­ative 3D com­puter graph­ics tech­nolo­gies in med­ical imag­ing. Through col­lab­o­ra­tive work with the de­part­ment of Ra­di­ol­ogy, Ninewells Hos­pi­tal, Dundee he de­vel­oped a se­ries of 3D com­puter an­i­ma­tion tools that may have the po­ten­tial to be used as a means of im­prov­ing pa­tient dis­ease un­der­stand­ing. A practicing 3D artist, designer, researcher and programme director based at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee. I am currently investigating the application of 3-D computer animation and visualisation techniques in clinical imaging. My work explores methods and techniques of interpreting and mediating clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data. I am particularly interested in the interaction space between health professionals and patients. My research investigates the potential for digital 3-D computer-based strategies to engage patients through alternative approaches to data visualisation. The research also investigates the implications of the 3-D CGI artist’s intervention in clinical imaging. Current research projects: – CSO funded ‘Development of Interventions to Increase Physical Activity Among Inactive Young People with Long-term Conditions: MRC Complex Intervention Framework Phase I Study using Asthma as an Exemplar’. A Co-Investigator on a multi-institutional joint project between University of Dundee, University of St Andrews, University of Stirling, University of Edinburgh and University of Newcastle. – AHRC/SFC Knowledge Exchange Programme: A Healthier Scotland : a Co-Investigator on the Visualising the invisible project: developing innovative approaches to visualisation to help NHS staff prevent and control Healthcare Associated Infections. The research is a multi-institutional project between Glasgow School of Art and Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University, DJCAD University of Dundee and NHS Grampian. – SINAPSE INTERACT- a funded research project exploring 3D computer visualisation and stereoscopic projection (4D) as a means of widening access for patients to understand diagnostic imaging data.  Joint grant with School of Medicine, University of Dundee.

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