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Virtual Reality to Understand Stent Grafts

Using VR to understand aortic stent grafts (Courtesy of Medtronic).

Clinicians can now “deep dive” using virtual reality to understand and view aortic stent grafts. Medtronic, the Dublin-based medical technology company, has made available an app at iTunes and Google Play that enables doctors to understand the use of stent grafts in dealing with aortic pathologies.

Specifically, the app features the Endurant II Abdominal Stent Graft System and the Valiant Captivia Thoracic Stent Graft System. Brian Wu, an integrative biologist and a medical student at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, wrote in iMedical Apps that users need a virtual reality viewer, such as Oculus or Google Cardboard, to make this work.

After installing the medical apps, the user connects them to the device and prints out trackers. “The trackers offer a multitude of information of EVAR (endovascular aneurysm repair) therapy, and combining it with augmented reality technology will provide a new dimension to your learning,” Wu said.

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Howard Wolinsky is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in health-care topics.

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