February 5, 2023

Virtual reality aids better understanding of complex anatomy

Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) technology is being adopted in radiology. On the patient side, 3D medical imaging from the patient is being used for patient education about their disease or procedure.

For radiologists or other specialists, VR is being used to review complex anatomy in a virtual 3D/4D environment. This includes reviewing congenital heart disease 3D datasets and brain imaging prior to surgical interventions. 

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FDA move signals a forthcoming increase in the use of virtual and augmented reality devices in radiology

POCUS is rapidly expanding

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) saw an absolute explosion of use during the COVID-19 pandemic, further extending the number of clinicians using this imaging technology. Its utility was seen by many during the pandemic and clinicians are not willing to give up this tool that enables immediate “quick-look” triage imaging.

These systems are also becoming more sophisticated in terms of image quality and measurements they can perform. This is partly due to the integration of artificial intelligence and the use of web-based computing power, so not all the functions need to reside on the mobile device being used to acquire the images.

Medical schools are starting to train students to use these devices as part of their assessment of patients, so POCUS is likely to continue to increase across all ologies. Some experts have predicted POCUS may replace the stethoscope as the standard triage tool, and it seems this may be the case over the next decade.

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POCUS access: Urban oases, rural deserts

VIDEO: Point-of-care ultrasound systems at ACC 2022

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