WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Provides Patients with Increased Comfort, High Quality Care with Virtual Reality Surgical Suite | Newspaper
MARTINSBURG – West Virginia University Medicine East is one of only 10% of hospitals nationwide to boast the latest virtual reality technology designed to improve clinical care and patient engagement at its Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, recently renamed.
Located in Suite 4 of Building 3 of the Medical Office on the Berkeley Medical Center Campus, the Surgical Theater Virtual Reality Suite was designed to enhance patient experience, education and satisfaction and includes a premium television. 185 inches and a VR headset that displays a virtual 360-degree screen. reconstruction of the patient’s anatomy to facilitate discussion of the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.
WVU Medicine East and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute hosted members of the media on Tuesday to showcase the latest technology. WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently became the first hospital in West Virginia to acquire the platform.
Incorporating cutting edge technology has been a passion and priority for Jonathan Sherman, director of surgical neuro-oncology for WVU Medicine East, who said one of his goals when he arrived in the Eastern Panhandle was to help build and develop the system’s neurosurgery technology and be a leader in the nation pushing these initiatives to improve medical care, research, and education.
“This virtual reality suite has been a vision of mine for a very long time…” Sherman said. “We are the first in West Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Corridor to have this technology… the surgical suite is a great tool not only for us as surgeons, but also to help our patients better understand their diagnoses. and feel better. engaged in their medical care.
Sherman demonstrated the use of virtual reality by donning the headset and, with the support of surgical theater technicians, was able to demonstrate on the television screen how he had been ‘blown off’ into the reconstructed 3D skull of a patient and pointed out the different veins, brain material, tubes and ultimately a tumor as he explained that virtual reality technology allowed him and other surgeons to have unique eyesight and closer to the conditions they were trying to solve.
During the demonstration, he showed how rotating his head to “look” at the image of the brain around him allows him to more clearly see each individual part of the brain or spine that might be affected during surgery. to better map a surgery and have the least possible impact on non-target things.
In addition to preoperative planning, Sherman said the technology is also used inside operating rooms to provide overlay of scans on the actual patient to ensure accuracy throughout the surgical process.
According to Sherman, patients still have access to the videos and images created by virtual reality and can interact with them throughout the process, either by putting the headset on them and seeing it directly or by simply watching the video with their doctor and explaining it that way. .
According to Sherman, the surgical theater has been used to help diagnose several hundred patients and has been used to aid in operating room surgery on about 15 patients. Sherman said he’s sure the technology will continue to expand as WVU’s medicine and surgical theater integrates advanced virtual reality technologies into the already existing system for better patient care.