Ottawa Hospital to use 3D VR in brain surgery
July 8, 2019
OTTAWA – Physicians and physicists at The Ottawa Hospital are preparing to use 3-D virtual reality technology in the operating room to assist with surgical implants for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Researchers at the hospital are at the forefront of developing virtual reality technology for medical purposes, and they’ve now teamed up with neurosurgeons to improve the placement of devices during delicate brain procedures. Wearing virtual reality goggles, neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Sachs can view an accurate, computer-generated 3-D image of a patient’s brain with Parkinson’s disease, created using the patient’s own MRIs. The patients’ brain activity, recorded from microelectrodes, can also be visualized in this virtual world.