The first experience of VR in interventional radiology

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During SIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting held in Los Angeles, a 360 virtual reality radiology surgery video was premiered showing Prof. Ziv J Haskal and his colleagues at the University of Virginia Health System performing a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) procedure under imaging guidance using tiny catheters, balloons, and stent to connect the portal vein to the hepatic vein in the liver.


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At the Extreme IR session at SIR 2018, participants were given VR headsets to experience and realize the benefits of a 360 virtual reality radiology surgery educational video by immersing in it. Technologies like this are developing rapidly, and it’s evident that they are expected to be used to show realistic, immersive content for training which will be similar to a real-life scenario.Prof Haskal sees VR as a game-changing application in the field of radiology. TIPS is one of the most complex operations we do, and there are many others too. Thus, 360 virtual reality radiology surgery videos will help any doctor to dive into the process and be able to do things better. He also announced to make the VR publicly available to everyone, on the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology website.

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