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VR Helps Surgeons Safely Remove Tumours Through Anatomical Reconstruction

Not only can virtual reality (VR) help with medical education either through applications or live streaming, but also in the actual procedures that happen. In an interview with a head and neck surgeon from Manhattan it is shared that they are taking on progressive techniques to ensure the safest way to go about it.

Medical Research interviewed Dr Alfred Marc Calo Iloreta who shared how exactly VR head-mounted displays (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift actually help the medical industry to perform more accurate surgeries, which is called a Surgical Theater.

Oculus Rift consumer version

“”Surgical Theater” allows me to do something similar without the need of making a physical print. Using this technology we are able to take a patients CT and MRI imaging and reconstruct their anatomy to create a patient specific plan and approach to the tumor to again maximize the ability to safely remove their tumor while minimizing the incision and surgical morbidity.

“These reconstructions can be explored on a computer but also using immersive virtual reality technology such as the Oculus Rift. We can actually “fly” thru and around the tumor so I can get very familiar with the anatomy.”

As well as using VR, he also engages in 3D remodelling of skulls and neurovascular structures to see where exactly the tumour is: “Using this print I can plan how we would specifically approach and remove the tumor to maximize our ability to safely resect the tumor and minimize the morbidity of the operation itself.”

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