A novel augmented reality (AR)-enabled teaching tool demonstrating the complex structure of the human cochlea to medical students.
The cochlea is a small but intricate anatomical structure often represented as a snail shell-like object. It is more accurately defined as a spiral negative space within the temporal bone, but this is difficult to convey with traditional teaching tools such as prosections and illustrations. Using a handheld tablet equipped with an integrated camera, digitally-rendered 3D models of this structure can be visually superimposed over illustrations of the cochlea and/or physical models of the petrous temporal bone, thus highlighting the negative space.
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