Augmented Virtual Reality
New tools in breast diagnosis and surgical simulation training.
Augmented Reality Helps Surgeons Visualize Tumors and to Train Themselves.
Augmented Reality in Diagnosis
Augmented reality (AR) is the superimposition of virtual-reality reconstructions onto a real patient’s images, in real time. This results in the visualization of internal structures through overlying tissues, providing a virtual transparency vision of surgical anatomy. Augmented reality has been applied to neurosurgery, which has a relatively fixed space, frames, and bony reference; this facilitates relating virtual and real data. Augmented Breast Imaging (ABI) is applying this concept to the breast, helping surgeons to visualize tumors, fat coverage of the breast, gland, and implants. This sort of evidence might convince surgeons that this technology can improve clinical outcomes. Augmented reality, with Virtual lens technology, could help surgeons prepare to resect tumors and properly perform reconstructions.
This technology looks promising and can provide the surgeon with a view of the actual tumor you’re going to work on; and also the software produces a simplified image that can be sent to whatever device is being used in the operating room, smartphones, tablets, etc.
Virtual reality in Surgical Simulation Training
Virtual Reality offers the opportunity, more than any other technology, to immerse yourself in a different world. When you put your VR headset on, you can be anything: a soldier, a handyman, a surgeon… The opportunities are endless. Surgery is a particularly well-suited topic for virtual reality, in the sense that a high level of precision is required, training takes a long time and comes at high cost. In addition, new techniques are being developed every single day, which require additional training. However, with VR Simulations the increasing training demand can be fulfilled at a considerably lower cost and lesser time, as they allow to train in multiple procedures at any time without having to spend in additional medical resources.
Reading about a surgical technique, assisting other surgeon or just watching someone else performing a surgical procedure is never going to be as effective as doing things yourself — but you can’t fabricate the need for operations just because you need to train. This and other medicals problems are ones that VR is capable to solve. Furthermore, VR lets you live the experience from a first point-of-view: you see everything through the eyes of the performing surgeon. Nowadays, VR has reached another level of reality. Its interaction with other technologies as Haptic Devices, allows surgeon even feel every physical attribute of the surgical body. This highly immersive experience is not only a great fun but also very useful to enhance the adoption of better medical practices for more effective results.
It is like looking at a street and seeing identifying labels on the buildings, such as restaurant, parking garage, library, etc, like in google maps.
Are you ready to take your first step towards realizing your VR Simulation training? Don’t lose the opportunity to see it live, and to try this new technology at MBN2018.
Universidad Nacional de La Plata – Argentina.