The Visible Patient

Julien Jomier, Charles Marion, Pat Marion, Johan Moreau, and Luc Soler | Kitware Blog | April 20, 2012

Kitware is pleased to take part in the Visible Patient project, which provides an open-access virtual reality experience for users worldwide. The project is led by the Research Institute against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD) in Strasbourg, France and Kitware assisted through the development and release of three 3D mobile viewing applications for web, Android, and iPhone users.

Inspired by the success of the Patient Specific Simulation and Preoperative Realistic Training (PASSPORT) project (, a surgical planning simulator for dynamic liver modeling, the Visible Patient provides surgeons with virtual 3D anatomies modeled on patient-specific data.

Users can easily access the Visible Patient through three different applications, depending on their device preference. The first solution is based on the latest generation of web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari), which are compatible with the Web-based Graphics Language (WebGL) standard. This standard is used on the webpage to provide direct access to free, patient-specific 3D virtual anatomies...