A systematic review of 3D cursor in the medical literature

David B. Douglas, Robert E. Douglas, Cliff Wilke, David Gibson, John Boone, Max Wintermark

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The term 3D cursor has been used in the computer graphics industry for quite some time; however, in recent years, it has also been used in the medical field. In medicine, the term 3D cursor has been used to describe a user’s hands, hand-controllers, a 2D cursor that can travel in 3D space, and a volume-subtending 3D cursor. In this article, we perform a systematic review of the medical literature of the term “3D cursor” and discuss the applications in the fields of diagnostic radiology and surgery. We discuss the important applications of the 3D cursor the use of a 3D cursor in combination with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAIMS Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 20 2018


  • 3D cursor
  • Augmented reality
  • Depth perception
  • Radiology
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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