Caroline Erolin (Needham)
Lecturer, MSc Medical Art/Part-Time PhD Student
Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee
Lecturer in Medical Art (Teaching and Scholarship). Programme Leader MSc Medical Art
Three dimensional digital models of human anatomy are increasingly being used in medical and anatomical education. More recently, the development of Haptic feedback (the sense of touch) has been integrated into surgical simulators, allowing for a much greater sense of realism. This research aims to study the potential benefits of integrating new technologies with existing methods of teaching. It aims to create a three-dimensional digital model of a localised region of human anatomy (the hand and wrist) which can be virtually ‘dissected’ through a haptic interface. Tissue properties will be added to the various anatomical structures to replicate a realistic look and feel. The project will explore the role of the medical artist, and investigate cross-discipline collaborations in the field of virtual anatomy. The software will be used to train anatomy students in dissection skills, before experience on a real cadaver. A haptically enabled version of the model, allowing for real-time cutting will be compared with a non-haptic version, using instead a mouse and keyboard ‘point and click’ style interface. Both versions will be tested on gross anatomy students in relation to test results and student experience.
Selected Recent Publications
- Validation of a computer modelled forensic facial reconstruction technique using CT data from live subjects: A pilot study. Short, LJ, Khambay, B, Ayoub, A, Erolin, C, Rynn, C & Wilkinson, C. 2014. Forensic Science International.
- What did Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037A.D.) look like? Erolin, C., Shoja, M. M., Loukas, M., Shokouhi, G., Rashidi, M. R., Khalili, M., & Tubbs, R. S. 2013. International Journal of Cardiology, 167(5), 1660-1663doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.09.178
- Preference for detail in medical illustrations amongst professionals and laypersons'. Strong, J & Erolin, C. 2013. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, vol 36, no. 1-2, pp. 38-43.
- Virtual reality haptic human dissection. Needham C, Wilkinson C, et al. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 18 – NextMed, 2011. James D. Westwood, Susan W. Westwood, Li Felländer-Tsaiet al, IOS Press. 163: 397- 399. (http://www.booksonline.iospress.nl/Content/View.aspx?piid=19347)
- Virtual reality haptic human dissection. Erolin C, Wilkinson C, et al. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 34 (4), 2011, pp. 193-199. http://informahealthcare.com/eprint/at5iNHP6Kmef2EJ5X6vF/full
Caroline is actively involved in many community and educational outreach projects and was a member of the human identification research group who were awarded the Stephan Fry Award for Public Engagement in 2012.
- Lincoln Castle. Erolin, C., Aitken, A. Museum Exhibition at Lincoln Castle. From June 2015. Includes painted facial reconstruction and animation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-33003999
- Beachy Head Lady. Wilkinson, C., Erolin, C. Museum Exhibition at Eastbourne Museum. From 1st February 2014. Includes painted facial reconstruction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-25962183
- The Real Face of Robert Burns Revealed. Wilkinson C., Rynn, C., Erolin C. STV documentary. Broadcast January 22nd 2013. http://app.dundee.ac.uk/pressreleases/2013/january13/robertburns.htm
- History Cold Case, Series 1 &2. Black, S., Mallet, X., Meier-Augenstein, W., Erolin, C., Wilkinson, C. BBC four part documentary series. Broadcast 2010 and 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128jqw/episodes/guide