Over the weekend the Sino-US Neuroimaging Virtual Reality Solution Seminar took place in Beijing, China. Bring together 30 of the country’s most distinguished neurosurgeons, the HTC Healthcare hosted event saw the debut of a HTC Vive empowered neuroimaging solution.
Part of HTC Healthcare’s long term strategy, the virtual reality (VR) solution – co-developed with Surgical Theater – aims to assist neurosurgeons in better analyzing and planning surgeries, training medical professionals, and engaging with their patients.
Part of the seminar featured an interactive VR showcase by Dr. Neil Martin, a world-renowned neurosurgeon from the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Martin has been a major proponent of VR in healthcare, and during his seminar he used a HTC Vive to zoom in and out, rotate, measure and navigate inside of a visualized brain model. “Virtual Reality is among the few modern technologies that we medical practitioners have to embrace for our mission to cure,” he said. “I’m simply amazed at the unprecedented experience and unlimited possibilities enabled by a fully immersive VR system like the HTC Vive.”
Attending the event was Dr. Zhang Hongqi, Chairman and Professor of Neurosurgery Department, Xuanwu Hospital Capital Medical University, who commented: “I was extremely impressed by the technology on display today, which marks a great advance in analyzing and mapping complex pathological changes and surgical cases. I hope to see even further improvements in areas like tissue displacement and hemodynamics.”
The global healthcare industry is making big strides into VR and augmented reality (AR) technology, such as the recently announced VR medical training facility by Mativision, which has initially opened in London, UK, before moving to a permanent site in Leeds.
VRFocus will continue its VR healthcare coverage, reporting back with the latest announcements.