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Last modified on Friday, 25 December 2009 12:25
Nvidia recently landed a contract to ship Tegras for Audi's flagship
A8, but Aussie boffins have found a far less glamorous way of
harnessing Nvidia's GPU muscle.
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO) has come up with an Nvidia-based colonoscopy
simulator. We told you it was less glamorous than an A8, and it doesn't get much less glamorous than this.
Dr Trevor Lockett claims bowel cancer is one of the most forms of
cancer in Australia and that timely diagnosis is crucial for effective
treatment. Around 90 Australians die from bowel cancer each month.
"As such, early diagnosis has become a national
health priority," Dr Lockett said."Colonoscopy is a difficult procedure
to master, and gastroenterologists require hundreds of supervised
procedures to reach an expert level."
CSIRO Project Leader Josh Passanger says the simulator delivers photo
realistic graphics using OpenGL and physics simulations. "In a similar
way that a
software development company produces a computer game, we have
generated realistic environments that enable trainees to search for
polyps and abnormalities inside virtual patients," Mr Passenger said.
are currently developing a system that can produce realistic,
randomised colons, so that surgeons can be prepared for a wide variety
of colonic anatomies."
So, you can soon expect to see an FPS set in a polyp ridden colon and don't forget it will feature PhysX. They might even call it Colon of Duty.