Stanford Medicine's VR Tool Offers a 3D Model of Medical Scans

 - Oct 13, 2017
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In addition to the immersive learning tools that a university offers its students, medical trainees can now experience a more in-depth, hands-on education through Stanford Medicine's virtual reality training tool.

By combining imagery from MRIs, CT scans, and angiograms, medical professionals, students, and patients can discover an immersive 3D model that can be moved and manipulated. The multi-faceted tool aims to be beneficial to both the patient and the care taker, offering a more interactive and comprehensive explanation of the patient's neurological workings.

For medical residents, this engaging classroom tool takes the individual on a journey through a patient's brain, that's led by an informed avatar in a white lab coat. The system enables students to gain a deeper understanding of various neurological procedures, as well as a more accurate insight of what an aneurysm, tumor or skull deformity looks like from different angles.

In addition to training, this tool is being used to prepare patients for an upcoming procedure, as it provides the surgeon with the opportunity to walk the individual through a scientifically accurate and personalized rendering of the operation.