3D Visualization and Virtual Reality for Healthcare and Medical

Rowan University | Healthcare

Virtual reality and visualization solutions help those in the medical field take healthcare to the next level. Doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other medical staff practice surgical techniques, train for medical procedures in a zero-risk environment, target specific medical outcomes before ever entering an operating room, and visualize data like never before. Mechdyne's visualization environments offer several unique advantages in immersive simulation and data visualization:

  • Doctors and surgeons view a patient's medical imaging scans layered on top of each other to provide comprehensive insight, leading to better treatment and diagnosis 

  • Students repeatedly practice techniques, undo mistakes, experience slow-motion results, and rewind simulations using detailed 3D models, gaining better learning and understanding surgical techniques and implications 

  • Trainees experience intricacies and difficulties during field training, resulting in better decision-making in potentially hazardous conditions

  • Healthcare workers understand trends, patterns, and outliers within their data, which highlights areas for improved efficiencies and opportunities for optimized patient care

Immersive Simulation for Medical Procedures: Surgical Techniques and Blended Learning

Every surgical operation comes with a level of risk. Minimizing that risk and successfully handling surgical complications challenges doctors and surgeons every day. Many hospitals, clinics, and surgeons around the world are embracing virtual reality and visualization solutions as essential tools to allow doctors to perform risky surgical procedures virtually before performing actual procedures on patients.

"I can go inside and I can sit inside the spinal canal.  I can look up and down and can see the inside of the spine just like the spinal cord or a tumor would, something I've never seen before. So now when I operate on the outside, I can see from the inside out."

-Dr. T. Glenn  Pait, Director and Professor at UAMS at University of Arkansas Little Rock

Research studies in recent years have revealed that virtual reality simulations offer powerful, safe, and effective environments that reduce errors. Virtual surgical simulations target specific criteria and requirements for students before transferring skills into a live operating room.

EVL Medical Research

A combination of interactive technology and advanced visualization tools work together to create sophisticated simulations in which surgeons and students alike can realistically see and feel the virtual surgery. Motion sensors simulate movement toward virtual organs, allowing surgeons to manipulate the virtual organ just as they would during an actual procedure. Virtual surgeries prepare surgeons for complicated procedures, reduce risk of errors in the operating room, and provide opportunities for educating patients and their caregivers about surgical operations and post-surgical care.

Medical Data Analytics through Visualization

Both competition and legislative mandates are pressuring the healthcare industry to reduce the cost of care, manage resources more effectively, and improve overall patient outcomes. Healthcare organizations are tackling these pressures by incorporating visualization to view and better understand data analytics.

Visualization and virtual reality play a significant role in moving doctors from judgment-based treatment decisions toward evidence-based medicine, simultaneously reducing risks and improving patient care. Visualization tools provide ideal environments for researchers to identify new patterns or trends in patient data and help them uncover new ideas and develop new hypotheses. 

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