Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have a powerful new state-of-the-art tool at their disposal to study diseases like Autism, Alzheimer’s, and traumatic brain injury. The Mobile Brain/Body Imaging system, or MoBI, combines virtual reality, brain monitoring, and Hollywood-inspired motion capture technology, enabling researchers to study the movement difficulties that often accompany neurological disorders and why our brains sometimes struggle while multitasking. Continue reading “Researchers develop system combining Virtual Reality, motion capture to study neurological disorders (video)”
Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor. A new system that can anticipate room assignments and suggest which nurses to assign to patients for C-sections and other procedures provided satisfactory recommendations to nurses 90 percent of the time. Today’s robots are awkward co-workers because they are often unable to predict what humans need. In hospitals, robots are employed to perform simple tasks such as delivering supplies and medications.But they have to be explicitly told what to do. Continue reading “Nurses are getting help from robots with scheduling tasks on labor floor (Video)”
Maksymilian Opolski of the Cardinal Wyszynski Institute of Cardiology used a VR system combining a custom app and Google Glass to clear a blocked coronary artery. The patient had chronic total occlusion, which is difficult to clear with catheter-based percutaneous coronary intervention. Surgeons often cannot visualize the blockage with CTA imaging. Continue reading “Wearable Virtual Reality System Helps Coronary Artery Surgery”
Virtual reality technology, over recent years, has improved in leaps and bounds. Technical difficulties and a prohibitively high price tag have kept it largely under the radar in terms of usable technology, but the tide seems to be turning.
Although certain medical specialities already use Virtual reality (VR) as a training tool, the technology is largely kept out of the operating room. Continue reading “Virtual Reality, Used to Insert a Stent into a Cardiac Artery for the First Time”