Professor of Biology James Ryan and his spring semester neurobiology class were recently featured on the website of the Horos Project, a collaborative effort to fully develop and advance a free, open source medical image viewer.
The class, BIOL 340, “Neurobiology,” is using the Horos technology with a set of anonymized MRI images of a brain tumor. Ryan has written a custom tutorial for the students that allows them to use Horos to create a 3D reconstruction of the head, locate the brain tumor in 3D space, and measure the tumor size using the 3D methods. The students also are using 3D segmentation to measure the 3D volume of the tumor.
Many of the students are interested in careers in health and medicine. The project is giving them the chance to explore technology that will give them a foundation after graduation.
“My main objective is to give students an opportunity to use medical imaging as a way to solve a clinical problem,” Ryan says. “Horos has helped me do that.”
This semester, Ryan and two student researchers also launched a new study that gave them a rare, non-invasive look at the earliest stages of bat development. Using micro CT to create high definition 3D/4D digital models, the project is enabling the team to examine bat embryos at a level of detail that can yield datasets far more precise than dissection.
In 2014, Ryan collaborated with Dr. Jeremy Cushman ’96, president of the Hobart Alumni Council, on “iAnatomy,” an eBook comprised of 20 case-based, interactive exercises that reinforce human anatomy and physiology concepts while engaging readers with the clinical relevance of anatomical details.
Ryan earned his Ph.D. from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a B.A. from The State University of New York at Oswego.
The full announcement is as follows.
Hobart & William Smith Colleges professor uses Horos to teach future doctors
Horos Stories • April 10, 2015
Recently, we made contact with a Horos project fan and professor from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Dr. Jim Ryan. He told us how he was using Horos to help educate undergraduates and allowed us to share his story with you:
Professor Jim Ryan, M.D. teaches neuroscience to undergraduates at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva NY. He has been using Horos to teach students how to read MRI and CT scans of the brain. Many of his students will be headed to medical schools next year and believes in exposing students to some clinical neuroscience.
Students will use Horos with a set of anonymized MRI images of a brain tumor. Professor Ryan has written a custom tutorial for the students that allows them to use Horos to create 3D reconstruction of the head, locate the brain tumor in 3D space, measure the tumor size using the 3 methods described in Dang et al. 2013. Then the students will use 3D segmentation to measure the 3D volume of the tumor. They finish up by describing the brain regions impacted by the tumor and suggest a surgical route for removal.
“My main objective is to give students an opportunity to use medical imaging as a way to solve a clinical problem. Horos has helped me do that.” says, Dr. Jim Ryan
Thank you for sharing with us and the community Dr. Ryan! If anyone else would like to share how they have been using Horos, feel free to email us at email@example.com.