NIH awards Baylor Scott & White Research Institute R01 grant for surgical simulator study

The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (Dallas, USA) will work on a VR simulator to improve hiatal hernia surgery training. This work is supported by the US National Institutes of Health and should go up to the complete validation of the process. It is lead by Dr Ganesh Sankaranarayanan who has worked on many immersive tools for surgery. The study, titled Development and Validation of a Virtual Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Simulator (VLaHHS), will be led by…

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Virtual reality in research and rehabilitation of gait and balance in Parkinson disease

In this review authors show today results of VR uses in Parkinson disease rehabilitation and emphasize the lack of large studies on this topic. They also give advices for future studies and clinical trials. This Review examines the rationale and evidence for using VR in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with PD, makes recommendations for future research and discusses the use of VR in the clinic. In the assessment of people with PD, VR has…

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Introduction Video for Patient Participation in VR Research Studies

Jefferson Health (Philadelphia, USA) made a short video to explain as clearly as possible what is VR (and why to use it) to patients, before they enter in a VR research study. It is useful to inform the patient (of course) but also help them to understand better the survey form, and it improve quality results. If you are interested you can contact the Jefferson Health to adapt this video. However, we have often found…

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Self-Administered Skills-Based Virtual Reality Intervention for Chronic Pain: Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

In this article authors follow several goals around VR uses in pain treatment. They want in particular to test the possibility for patient to be autonomous in using these technologies and check their engagement. Even if the sample patient is small, results are very encouraging and demonstrate efficiency and real engagement. The VR and audio groups launched a total of 1067 and 1048 sessions, respectively. The majority of VR participants (n=19/25, 76%) reported no nausea…

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Des chirurgiens mènent une opération à 15 km de distance grâce à la 5G

La présentation de cette intervention à distance met l’accent sur la faible latence apportée par la technologie 5G et ses possibilités dans les futures interventions. L’article précise toutefois qu’il faudra encore un peu de temps pour que cette possibilité devienne courante. L’intervention avait ainsi été réalisée sur place par un robot chirurgical commandé à distance par le professeur Jacques Marescaux et son équipe. Les deux sites avaient été reliés par une fibre optique dédiée à…

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Meet The Companies Using VR To Treat Coronavirus-Related Stress And Anxiety

In this article, Simon Chandler presents some VR software used today to fight stress due to actual pandemic. Both COVID patients and healthcare professionals use AR and VR to do meditation and relaxation. What’s significant about the use of VR and AR for anxiety relief is that both offer a greater sense of reality and immersion than, say, conventional meditation or mindfulness practice. It’s largely for this reason that figures working within the AR/VR industry…

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Chirurgie des tumeurs du foie en réalité augmentée

Dans ce dossier, les auteurs font le point sur l’utilisation de la réalité augmentée dans la préparation et la réalisation d’opération chirurgicales complexes des tumeurs du foie. Les tumeurs intrahépatiques sont difficiles à localiser en chirurgie par cœlioscopie. La réalité augmentée permet de superposer les images préopératoires (TDM ou IRM) à l’image peropératoire. Le geste du chirurgien est donc guidé pour une meilleure précision et le foie devient virtuellement transparent. Source: Chirurgie des tumeurs du…

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Icelandic VR Meditation Studio Receives $500K Funding

Both Flow and RetinaRisk will use a part of this founding to accelerate the international development of their products. Company Flow has also announced that its software will be adapted to individual uses and not only corporate. Iceland Venture Studio, a fund devoted to growing Icelandic tech startups, has announced that it has raised USD $2 million (in addition to its USD $1 million fund from 2019), and has made additional investments into its first…

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Leveraging Virtual Reality In Skilled Nursing Facilities

In this article Joel Landau (founder of “the Allure Group”) explains the implementation of VT technologies in his company and why he thinks it’s a game changer for the skilled nursing facilities. As VR technology continues to improve, incorporating additional sensory engagement modalities will increase the range to which VR can be applied. I see an opportunity for care facilities to care for and engage residents with cognitive and behavioral deficits through VR. By identifying…

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Leveraging Augmented Reality in Pharma Manufacturing with PTC

In this use case presented by PTC we can understand how a pharmaceutical company uses augmented reality (and remote expertise) to improve the SOP (Standard operating procedure) management. The technology helps front-line workers to be trained on SOP and reduce errors on the field. There is also a interesting part on the process to capture expert skills (and how to create training process). According to the customer, new workers are tasked with learning 250 SOPs…

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St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen skills

In this article, you will discover how the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton team continues to train surgeons, even in the COVID-19 crisis. “With virtual reality, you can go back over complicated procedures. In a real operating room, you can’t cut twice,” Dr. Khanna says. “My hypothesis is those who train virtually will be more prepared, confident, and comfortable with surgeries in the real world.” Source: St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen…

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Should AI assist in surgical decision-making?

To reduce preventable medical errors, an AI assistance to surgeons is more realistic than a wide spread of robotic surgery. In this article (and the associated paper) authors share some tips to make this assistance real today. The paper’s authors propose AI as an effective augmentation tool to enhance in situ surgical decision making. We’re already seeing the first examples of this come to market. For example, a company called Activ Surgical, a digital surgery company…

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SoCal Patients Use Imagination To Control Pain With VR

In 2018, Cedar-Sinai Health Systems in Los Angeles conducted a study involving 120 subjects. “VR significantly reduces pain versus an active control condition in hospitalized patients,” the study found. “VR is most effective for severe pain.” On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst pain, pain can be reduced by five points through the use of VR experiences, Louis said. With such significant reductions in pain, there is less need to use opioids…

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La réalité mixte au service des enfants présentant des troubles du spectre de l’autisme

Dans cette article, une présentation de la solution Hol’autisme de Actimage vous montrera comment la réalité augmentée peut être utiliser dans amelioration des conditions de vie des personnes autistes. Hol’Autisme est un catalogue d’applications en réalité mixte et une plateforme de suivi qui vise à aider les enfants et adolescents présentant des troubles du spectre de l’autisme à améliorer leurs habilités sociales. « Cette solution n’est pas encore commercialisée, nous sommes toujours en phase de R&D,…

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Swiss-based VirtaMed provides surgical training in hospitals with mobile simulation lab

As a global leader in medical simulation training, Swiss-based VirtaMed will use the coming months as a unique opportunity to provide courses with their latest surgical simulators in hospitals. From St. Gallen to Geneva, surgical departments will welcome a mobile simulation lab that is kitted out with virtual reality simulators and run by an expert team. Source: Swiss-based VirtaMed provides surgical training in hospitals with mobile simulation lab

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Schwan Cosmetics : assurer la maintenance des machines avec la réalité augmentée

Ce cas d’usage explique comme Schwan Cosmetics utilise la réalité augmentée pour assurer la maintenance de ses outils partout dans le monde. Les machines requises pour la fabrication sont développées et produites par Schwan Cosmetics, dans son siège principal de Heroldsberg, près de Nuremberg, et sont exploitées sur huit sites dans le monde entier. Comme les experts ultraspécialisés pour ces machines travaillent au siège, les maintenances de routine et éventuelles défaillances des machines de production…

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How Virtual Reality Video Games Are Helping Patients Regain Mobility

In this article you will discover an US gaming platform, MindMotion Go, used by medical people to help patients in the rehabilitation phase. One the the main advantages of this tool is the ability to use it with a very simple device, even at home. According to Dr. Preeti Raghavan, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the MindMotion GO gaming platform that the telehealth rehab is using is “a brand-new rehabilitation technology platform on…

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HTC VIVE Technology used in Penumbra’s REAL System for Stroke Patient Recovery

The REAL System is a portable VR rehabilitation solution for upper-extremity rehabilitation that can be used at the patient’s bedside, in a therapy gym, or in a mobile health location. The three main components of the system include the Vive Focus headset, a set of six sensors, and a tablet with the TherapyView™ app that allows the clinician to administer and monitor the therapy session. The REAL System from Penumbra company combine hardware devices and software…

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Quelles phobies peut-on soigner avec la réalité virtuelle ?

Un article assez court, qui reprend les bases de l’usages de la RV dans certains traitement de phobies. La réalité virtuelle marche très bien sur les phobies dites “spécifiques”. Cela regroupe notamment les peurs liées à un animal (chien, araignée…) ou à une situation précise (enfermement, vide…) et les phobies sociales telles que le fait de parler en public. Mais il faut vérifier que le trouble anxieux à traiter n’est pas lié à un trauma…

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