Australian Physicians tap VR for Complex Radiology Procedures

For the longest time, people have been wondering how virtual reality can impact the medical sector. Some physicians are working with VR as a way to enhance the treatment planning of complex conditions. It is evident there are some interesting opportunities in this regard, although it remains to be seen how physicians handle this concept.

VR and Complex Condition Treatment

In the past, we have seen some interesting use cases for VR technology when it comes to bringing medical data to a visual plane. In a lot of cases, this will revolutionize the way we think about CAT scans, radiology, and so forth. At the same time, VR also provides a way for physicians to view a patient’s internal anatomy when dealing with more complex treatments. While the use of this technology is still in the early stages, there are some intriguing options.

For radiologists, this technology can be quite powerful in the long run. More specifically, they can prepare and tailor their approach to complex treatments by visualizing the patients’ internals. Treating some of these complex conditions can be a painstaking and difficult process, mainly because no two patients are anatomically the same. As such, there is no unified approach to such procedures, which does warrant a more personalized approach.

Stanford University School of Medicine’s Zlatko Devcic comments:

“Treating splenic artery aneurysms can be very difficult because of their intricate nature and anatomic variations from patient to patient. This new platform allows you to view a patient’s arterial anatomy in a three-dimensional image, as if it is right in front of you, which may help interventional radiologists more quickly and thoroughly plan for the equipment and tools they’ll need for a successful outcome.”

Dealing with 3D images is very different from how physicians usually have to rely on CT scans. Being able to move the camera angle, zoom in on specific aspects, and examine any other parts of the body to take into consideration, medical procedures can undergo some radical changes in the near future. It seems the use of VR technology helps boost the confidence level of physicians when dealing with complex procedures, which is a positive development.

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