3 hospitals using virtual reality for preoperative, intraoperative neurosurgery

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Here are three hospitals that have incorporated virtual reality into neurosurgery procedures.

Pediatric neurosurgeon Kurtis Auguste, MD, adapted virtual reality to plan procedures at University of San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Surgical Navigation Advanced Platform, developed by Surgical Theater, allows surgeons to navigate through the patient's brain using virtual reality.

Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., is using virtual reality to plan and practice neurosurgery procedures. Neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD, used the Surgical Theater technology over 1,000 times in the four years since it was adapted by the hospital.

Patients at Charlotte, N.C.-based Levine Children's Hospital are using virtual reality technology during neurosurgery procedures to avoid stress. The hospital, as part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health, was named a best children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the 12th consecutive year in June.

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