Virtual reality has more useful function other than gaming and entertainment. It can save a life. Throughout the years, doctors prepare for surgery by relying on a series of 2D images to understand the patient’s condition and anatomy. They then communicate their findings to their colleagues, which upon transferring the findings from one department to another who get involved in the surgery, the important clinical information about the patient is often lost.
This time, VR app developers, has created software platforms that can help doctors and in the medical field to view, dissect and understand the patient’s anatomy in preparation for the real surgery. A good example of this VR app is called EchoPixel. EchoPixel is a True 3D software platform that allows a surgeon, using a pointing device, to reach in and interact with the virtual patient tissue and create cross sections for better visualization and measurement.
VR is also being used to plan heart surgeries. With the use of True 3D technology, medical professionals can better understand a patient’s heart before making an incision. It can able to transform CT scans into a virtual 3D interactive object and a surgeon can be able to rotate and examine every single angle of the patient’s anatomy.
Aside from plan heart surgeries, VR can also be used to precisely measure the device that needs to be implanted when treating a brain with an aneurysm. Accurately measuring the device is quite critical because if it’s too small, it won’t fully close the opening. While if it’s too large, it will still not fit. Using True 3D, doctors are able to precisely measure the device because the technology has mapping capabilities that accurately size down the device.
Professional medical practitioners are not the only ones who are using VR but also trainee doctors so that they can experience what it feels to have a real patient.