Use of virtual technologies can help primary care doctors as well as surgeons. Cost is still a concern, though.
Before carrying out a neurosurgery procedure, Dr. Neil Martin and his team at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center take a test drive through the patient’s brain.
Using a controller, the team zooms around blood vessels, navigating the brain’s complex architecture to examine all angles of a tumor or pinpoint an aneurysm. What looks like a neurological video game is actually a high-tech simulation, allowing medical personnel to take a deep dive into a patient’s brain prior to surgery.
With the Surgical Theater SuRgical Planner platform, medical personnel can use standard medical imaging to create 3-D virtual renderings of brain structures. “[The platform] gets you closer to a very real experience, a very real review of the anatomy,” Martin, who serves as chair of neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center, told Healthline. Read More …