Dr. Kurtis Auguste uses VR to prepare for surgeries at California hospital

Alan Condon -   Print  |

Pediatric neurosurgeon Kurtis Auguste, MD, is using virtual reality to plan procedures at University of San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

The VR system, designed by Surgical Theater, allows surgeons to wear a headset and travel virtually through a 3D model of the patient's brain.

Users can navigate hand controls to see blood vessels, vision fibers and tumors or aneurysms.

Dr. Auguste is also using the technology to educate patients and their families about the procedure.

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