Medical Technology

Virtual reality training

3D analysis and simulation for molecular research, tomography and mammography data, as well as digital operation preparation with 3D-stereo visualization are the center of interest in medical technology.  The availability of three-dimensional image models on site significantly enhances the visual perception of the problem in hand and is a great help to doctors and researches alike. By practising operations in advance of the “real thing”, Physicians are able to better anticipate and fix potential problems before they occur in the operating room!

VR can provide training to medical students that can sometimes be difficult to achieve under normal circumstances. Medical students can work on high-risk cases in a realistic, time-critical environment, gaining experience within a fully immersed virtual environment.  Such visualization puts a “face” on abstract data, enabling problems to be both represented and solved more intuitively. VR is becoming more and more important when it comes to the training of medical students, medical research, education and patient care.  Using Virtual Reality as a medical training tool is to offer additional means to teach medical student’s practical skills in cognitively demanding and emotionally challenging situations.

The virtual patient

New medical aspects have developed over the past few years. Experienced physicians, such as surgeons, have to relearn surgical techniques. In the areas of minimally invasive surgery and neurosurgery, even the best surgeon won’t operate without any practical training. This is where virtual reality steps in! The risk is transferred from the patient to the computer. In a virtual operation, a 3-dimensional body is displayed and all movements by the surgeon are transferred to the image of the 3-dimensional body. Virtual reality offers “hands-free” techniques for image navigation and simulation. Complicated operations can be trained and prepared with the help of the virtual patient and without any risk to the real patient!

 

Radiology

Special methods have been developed for the diagnosis of tumors, for example: brain tumors, displaying the tumor in 3D images. Radiologists can now determine the exact radiation dosage to damage the tumor precisely without damaging healthy, surrounding brain tissue. Virtual reality has become an important part of neurosurgical training these days!