How it works

The case for stereo workstations

‘Can I see that? That question often means, can I hold the object in my hands, can I rotate it, look inside it and examine it from all angles?’ This so-called ”seeing with your hands” is the most natural way people examine objects and our Vesalius3D stereo workstations allow users to do exactly that.


Our view is that when analyzing 3D medical images the user wants to interact with the data by “touching”, grabbing and holding the data using both hands.

To realize this our Vesalius3D stereo workstations combine live rendering of 3D volumetric data with intuitive 3D navigation.

Visualization – images that keep looking real during interaction
A true lifelike experience presents the user with images that he or she believes, does not cause strain, or start breaking up while interacting with the data. A true lifelike experience should be smooth, believable and a user should intuitively know what to do.

The Vesalius3D software was developed with this lifelike experience in mind.

Navigation – a need for tracking
Navigation means the ability to move freely through a 3D data set in order to grasp, touch and interact with the data. To achieve this each 3D stereo workstation comes with integrated tracking technology to follow the users hands.

The mirror explained
The ‘trick’ with the mirror allows users to put their hands in the same location as where the image is seen. The user is invited to grab hold and interact with this image. In the Vesalius3D stereo workstations users are visually holding the data (CT, MR or Ultrasound) in their hands to analyze it (inside and out).