Knowing what’s going on with a person’s body has always been a challenge. People are used to common illnesses like cold or flu, but more complex pathologies like bone fracturing or heart diseases are incomprehensible. This brings two general troubles: patients either panic, which makes it hard to explain the treatment method to them, or they don’t understand the seriousness of their pathology and don’t follow the therapist’s prescriptions.
However, if patients comply with the therapist’s prescriptions and generally keep calm and try to cooperate with the medical staff, then the vital thing is that medical workers have access to the newest and most accurate information about pathologies, especially when those pathologies are rare. This allows doctors not only to provide patients with treatment but to tell the difference between similar diseases and adjust any prescription according to the particular pathology detected.
Taking all this into account, our team came up with an idea of a mobile application that would have that precise information in handy and vivid form.
We’ve started the research. Our team has contacted many specialists from leading medical centres and conducted a big questionnaire on the most comfortable form of potential app (platform, design, etc.) and what it should contain. While we were doing this many specialists offered their help in providing our team with all the necessary information, for which we are very grateful.
After we’ve finished questioning specialists and analyzing the needs of our potential users we’ve found that the app:
- Should contain visual materials as well as text ones. This would allow for a much more vivid demonstration of pathologies;
- Will be most comfortable on the mobile platform.
These points make the field of use much wider. For example:
- A physician can explain the pathology to the patient, showing how it looks right from his smartphone and explaining every spot.
- Medical tutors can use more vivid visualization during their classes, which should make students more involved in the learning process as well as more productive.
- Medical students can use the application as a pocket assistant while engaging in a study in their own time.
After a brainstorming session, we’ve come up with the name for our application: VOKA Pathology 3D.
Subsequent to our initial research, we’ve started developing the application. While our UI/UX designers and developers worked on the visuals and architecture of the app, and a team of 3D designers has been in tight contact with medical specialists who offered us assistance. Working together, they’ve started on the 3D models of each pathology we were planning to have in our catalogue.
Our 3D team looked through different visual tests like CTs, MRTs, etc, medical atlases, and asked specialists about how each pathology should look like in real life. After they got that information, they worked on the 3D models. Then the specialists reviewed the models and gave their feedback.
This process lasted right until we got the most precise high-quality 3D replica of each pathology, which we then used in our application.
After we finished with both parts of the project (the application itself and the 3D models of pathologies) we joined the elements together. After these two elements were merged, we also added articles about each pathology. Every user can see the subject of study in 3D and read about its etymology, typical course and potential treatment. Every article was also reviewed by leading specialists from different medical fields.
To make the application comfortable to use, we sorted the pathologies into categories.
Our project got reviewed by medical workers and students as soon as we finished developing it. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback.
Nonetheless, that’s not the end. Our dream is to create the most complete catalogue of pathologies, each of which will be visualized with 3D models and explained with both visuals and articles.
We’re moving towards our dream at a really high pace. In September, we’re releasing an update, which will contain a new section, Traumatology and Orthopedics, which provides models of the skeletal system, including the anatomical skeleton, skull, upper and lower limbs, and bone fractures.
We’re constantly collaborating with the leading medical centres on data gathering, as well as reviewing our work with them to make the most precise models.
All of this has one objective in mind: to make the world a better place.