Developments could lead to lower costs, better outcomes
Rapid advancements in the field of virtual reality are leading to new developments in cardiovascular treatment and improved outcomes for patients, according to a review paper published today in JACC: Basic to Translational Science. Extended reality applications in cardiac care include education and training, pre-procedural planning, visualization during a procedure and rehabilitation in post-stroke patients.
“For years, virtual reality technology promised the ability for physicians to move beyond 2D screens in order to understand organ anatomy noninvasively,” said Jennifer N.A. Silva, MD, FHRS, assistant professor of pediatrics and cardiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and lead author of the paper. “However, bulky equipment and low-quality virtual images hindered these developments. Led by the mobile device industry, recent hardware and software developments—such as head mounted displays and advances in display systems—have enabled new classes of 3D platforms that are transforming clinical cardiology.”
Virtual reality provides complete control over the wearer’s visual and auditory experience as they interact within a completely synthetic environment, while augmented reality allows the wearer to see their native environment while placing 2D or 3D images within it. Merged reality and mixed reality allow for interaction with digital objects while preserving a sense of presence within the true physical environment. These technologies make up the full spectrum of extended reality, which is transforming the practice of cardiovascular medicine.
Advances in this technology allow patients and family members to better understand their cardiac conditions, helping them to make more informed decisions surrounding their medical care. Medical students and trainees can better visualize cardiac abnormalities with virtual reality, which allows trainees to simulate operating environments and multiple physicians to interact while viewing the same educational material in a natural environment. Additionally, 3D workstations may assist physicians in assessing the heart in surgical situations where it may be difficult to see.
However, the authors point out that there are still challenges and limitations.
“These technologies are still constrained due to cost, size, weight and power to achieve the highest visual quality, mobility, processing speed and interactivity,” Silva said. “Every design decision to mitigate these challenges affects applicability for use in each procedural environment.”
Still, according to the research, early data show that improved visualization due to this technology will allow physicians to learn more quickly, interpret images more accurately and accomplish interventions in less time. These improvements will most likely translate into lower cost procedures and better outcomes for patients.
The Latest on: Virtual reality
via Google News
The Latest on: Virtual reality
- Williams Formula One car virtual reality launch abandoned after hackers target appon March 5, 2021 at 2:40 pm
Williams abandoned the scheduled virtual reality launch of their new Formula One car on Friday after being targeted by hackers. The F1 team had been due to launch their 2021 machine via an app, which ...
- Virtual Reality Content Creation Market Booming Segments; Investors Seeking Growth : Oculus VR, Google, HTC Viveon March 5, 2021 at 10:41 am
Latest Report Available at Advance Market Analytics, “Virtual Reality Content Creation Market” provides pin-point analysis for changing competitive dynamics and a forward looking perspective on ...
- New Orleans virtual reality gaming firm, Striker VR, gets UK investment for expansionon March 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm
The owners of Striker VR, a New Orleans-based firm operating in the burgeoning virtual reality gaming industry, have sold a minority stake in their company to a UK-based global video ...
- 5 Stocks to Invest in Virtual and Augmented Realityon March 4, 2021 at 10:15 am
Many tech companies consider virtual reality (VR) devices, which immerse users in digital worlds, and augmented reality (AR) devices, which digitally enhance our real-world surroundings, to be the ...
- Sony Pictures Unveils Virtual Reality Game Set in ‘Zombieland’ Universeon March 4, 2021 at 7:00 am
In collaboration with British development studio XR Games, ‘Zombieland: Headshot Fever’ will release on Oculus platforms this Spring and later on PlayStation VR.
- Virtual reality has found a new role: Teaching doctors to deal with patientson March 4, 2021 at 3:26 am
Medical students and junior doctors are increasingly learning to practise medicine in VR. For medical students and junior doctors, training can be hit and miss. Sometimes you sit down with an actor ...
- Immersive Virtual Reality Market Size: Technological Advancement and Growth Analysis with Forecast to 2025on March 4, 2021 at 1:18 am
Selbyville, Delaware Market Study Report Has Added A New Report On Immersive Virtual Reality Market That Provides ...
- Microsoft's embrace of virtual reality is a clear sign that it's building its Teams chat app to be as major a platform as Microsoft Office itselfon March 3, 2021 at 10:31 pm
Microsoft signaled its ambitions to go beyond messaging and video conferencing by announcing new features including a new virtual reality platform.
- Staffing: The new virtual realityon March 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm
As more firms recruit remotely and beyond their geographic borders, some new hires may never need to come into the office again.
via Bing News