onning the VR headset, Steinberg was able to enlarge the heart to see the degree of blockage and its location in the vessel. He could see the hole in the septum and its proximity to vessels and, importantly, to the mechanical aortic valve implanted in Cronk in 2011. “When you’re implanting devices with a catheter, you don’t want to fix one problem only to create another,” Steinberg said. “The VR perspective gave us landmarks and confidence that our approach was going to work,” he said.
In this article, a team from UW Medicine’s Heart Institute (Washington) explains how VR was used to prepare a very complexe heart operation.