The DisplayWall project explored the use of high-resolution visualization technologies in medical education and research.

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Project Summary

Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a project in 2007-2008 to understand the current state of high resolution visualization technology (display and projection) and its application in medical education, research, and clincial practice. This exploration formed the groundwork for future HD projects, such as the GoHD initiative.

Project Goals

  1. Development of a prototype visualization DisplayWall (a panel of 3 x 3 high resolution (2560x1600 WQXGA) 30" Apple Cinema LCD displays, linked to create a single display surface).
  2. Current assessment of the state of the DisplayWall technology landscape including software and hardware configurations and support.
  3. Documentation of educational use scenarios.
  4. Development of software tools and user interfaces that allow faculty to interact with multiple high resolution images and video for teaching purposes.
  5. Creation of appropriate pedagogic content for a variety of courses and learning activities.

Scenarios of Use

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  1. neurobiology
  2. cardiovascular biomechanics
  3. histology lab sessions
  4. library archive display
  5. dermatology

Project Team

  • Principle Investigator: David Gaba
  • Project Manager: Jenn Stringer
  • Team Members: Brian Tobin, Andy Wasklewicz, Carter Youngblood, Pauline Brutlag


  • Dean's Office special project.

Presentations, Publications, and Press

  • Display Walls in Healthcare Education: What, Why, How - GIR April 2008 [PDF]

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