Docs don virtual reality headsets

Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Written by Chuck Soder.

It may not be long before local surgeons start wearing funky, futuristic headsets while operating on patients.

Neurosurgeons at University Hospitals already are using a virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift to prepare for real procedures. And now they’re seeking UH’s approval to use it during operations, with patient consent.

So if a surgeon was in the process of removing a brain tumor, he or she would be able to slide on the virtual reality headset and quickly tour a digital version of that patient’s brain…

…To create the system, a Mayfield Heights company called Surgical Theater spent a few months developing software that would allow its surgical simulation technology to work with the Oculus Rift…

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Originally published May 17, 2015.

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