Computational Requirements of the Virtual Patient

Nigel W. John, Chris J. Hughes, Serban R. Pop, Franck P. Vidal, O. Buckley

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Medical visualization in a hospital can be used to aid training, diagnosis, and pre- and intra-operative planning. In such an application, a virtual representation of a patient is needed that is interactive, can be viewed in three dimensions (3D), and simulates physiological processes that change over time. This paper highlights some of the computational challenges of implementing a real time simulation of a virtual patient, when accuracy can be traded-off against speed. Illustrations are provided using projects from our research based on Grid-based visualization, through to use of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCMBE09
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameCMBE online proceedings series
ISSN (Print)2227-3085
ISSN (Electronic)2227-9385


  • Medical visualization
  • virtual environment
  • Grid
  • GPU

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