Volume Interactions debuting 3D virtual reality system at AANS, SCAR

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Volume Interactions, a member of the Bracco Group, this week launched the Dextroscope virtual reality system for neurosurgical planning at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in San Francisco, Calif. It also is being displayed this week at the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
   
The Dextroscope is designed to provide interactive virtual reality 3D visualization for applications in surgical planning and evaluation, providing deeper understanding of complex anatomical relationships and pathology. It provides surgeons with the ability to explore and interact with patient-specific neurological structures by integrating computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images into true 3D volumetric objects. This allows the surgeon to virtually go "inside" patient images. Dextroscope’s 6D controller and stylus work as extensions of the surgeon’s hands, providing the ability to interact with patient images, allowing surgeons to adjust and interact with them as necessary. The system redefines communication and collaboration by facilitating surgical and interventional planning, referral, documentation and review, the company said.
   
“We can look at the brain or spine from any angle that we want, either in two dimensions or in three dimensions,” said Michael Schulder, MD, Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. “We can rotate the model any way we want.  And it’s really like holding an actual model of a brain or a spine in your hand – except in this particular case, it’s of a particular person.  It’s of the patient who’s about to undergo surgery.”