Impact of 3-D Virtual Reality Visualization on Patient Education

Divino Plastic Surgery Blog by Dr. Carlos Chacon

October 23, 2022


Virtual reality is a promising way to bridge the knowledge gap between patients and providers and help them understand procedures more emotionally. One study showed that 3-D virtual reality simulations helped cancer patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment. The researchers used a 3D virtual reality volumetric review of radiation targets and diagnostic imaging on a computer screen.

3D cardiac models

A recent study suggests that 3-D cardiac models can improve patient education. The model allows doctors to visualize the anatomy of the heart better, identify areas for resection, and practice procedures before surgery. The 3D cardiac model is beneficial for patients with complex cardiac conditions. For example, children with congenital heart defects have complicated cardiac anatomy that is difficult to view in a 2D model.

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology in congenital cardiac surgery to facilitate surgical planning and preoperative training. The accuracy of VR representations is essential for surgeons, as the anatomical variation of the heart affects the surgical approach and the extent of repair required. Pushparajah et al. compared surgical understanding for patients with atrioventricular valve lesions.

3D neurosurgery models

3-D virtual reality has a multitude of uses. It has been used to analyze complex anatomy, educate surgeons on presurgical planning, and improve surgical practice. However, there are some concerns about the effectiveness of VR for surgical education. One concern is the lack of realistic tactile stimulation, which is essential for surgeons. Other concerns involve the impact of VR on nontechnical skills like communication and situation awareness.

The current study compared three types of three-dimensional representations: virtual reality glasses, VR prints, and pencils. Twenty physicians from different specialties were interviewed. Each was provided with a three-dimensional clinical case and was asked to give feedback on its quality.

3D angiography models

3-D Virtual Reality Visualization has gained acceptance as an essential part of medical education. The technology includes 3D printing, VR-glasses, and displays that can create realistic three-dimensional models of medical conditions. It also has educational purposes, as it allows physicians to imagine potential treatment options in patients.

The technology has been proven to be highly effective in improving patient education. It also helps improve communication between doctors and patients. For example, 3D cardiac models can aid patient education by allowing physicians to visualize rare lesions and identify surgical approaches. It is also a helpful training tool for surgical trainees.

The use of VR has also been applied to congenital cardiac surgery. The technology is helpful for surgical planning and preoperative patient education since the anatomical variations between patients affect the exact surgical approach and the extent of repair. In a study, 36 cardiac disease specialists underwent a mixed-reality hologram experience in which they were asked to identify anatomical structures, diagnose the disease, and devise a surgical plan. Overall, the participants rated the experience as positive.

3D cardiac models with depth perception

Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology that combines computer-generated holograms with real-world environments to enhance medical imaging. This technology has been used successfully to visualize 3D cardiac models. It can be used to enhance MRI accuracy and improve the ease of interaction with virtual models.

It offers several advantages over standard visualization. It can help doctors better understand the heart’s anatomy by enhancing its spatial orientation. It can also reduce the time a cardiologist spends on a particular task. However, current 2D displays are still the gold standard for clinical applications.

VR visualization offers the potential to improve structural cardiac imaging and allow the user to view MV morphology in real-time. It is also helpful in enhancing spatial orientation, which is essential for structural heart imaging. However, current 3D cardiac models are presented on flat screens, restricting the viewer’s depth perception. VR visualization of 3D cardiac images could overcome this problem.

3D augmented reality models with depth perception

3D augmented reality models with depth perception may enhance patient education for patients suffering from conditions related to binocular vision, such as amblyopia, and patients with other visual problems. A recent study evaluated seven different visualization methods. Its findings will help guide future research on using augmented reality in medical settings.

AR uses computer vision techniques to generate a digital image from real-world coordinates. These computer vision methods include autography and image registration.