CSAT App: Surgical Anatomy of the Lung

iPad screenshot from CSAT's Surgical Anatomy of the Lung app

Surgical Anatomy of the Lung is a comprehensive preoperative planning, education, and patient information tool. The app was originally created by the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT) to facilitate communication between faculty surgeons of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital and lung cancer patients prior to surgical resection.

The app is now intended for multiple uses and settings by professionals, educators, and trainees alike.

Surgical Anatomy of the Lung includes a lung capacity calculator that can assess patients' lung capacity after surgery; an interactive cancer staging calculator, which deploys detailed descriptions and illustrations to provide predictive analyses based on the TNM classifications system; and the Virtual Lung, a 3D anatomy viewer that allows the user to show and hide various anatomical structures and place tumors of various sizes in and around the lungs.

The app encompasses a malleable environment that features the lobes of the lung, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, major arteries and veins, and anatomical illustrations that give the user the ability to do mark-ups, drawings, and annotations that can be saved, sent to patients, and printed.

The prototype version of Surgical Anatomy of the Lung received an award in the category of interactive media at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

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Production Team

Andy Matlock, MS, design, 3D modeling, and illustration; Keith Delman, MD, course director; Manu S. Sancheti, MD, medical director; Stefan Tigges, MD, anatomist; Daniel Lee, programming

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