iO is using new technologies that make the results of complex tests like CT scans and MRIs easier to comprehend and more accessible to medical trainees, clinicians, and patients and their families.
Advanced medical visualization techniques, like 3D printing of anatomical models, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), allow us to educate patients and enhance medical training to ultimately help our clinical teams deliver care for the most difficult cases
With 3D printing, our lab can build accurate, individualized 3D models from medical imaging. Moreover, VR allows clinicians to explore patient-specific anatomy in ways they never could before. These technologies can be applied across specialties and types of procedures to enhance care. In the past, 3D models have been illustrative or theoretical, but our techniques produce personalized and specific models to each patient and procedure. For example, this can help cardiologists and surgeons explore the inside of newborns with rare heart defects to develop personalized interventions, it can give neurologists and neurosurgeons the tools to better localize seizures and provide liver surgeons the insights to optimize their approach to tumor surgery. In one notable case, this technology guided surgeons in a life-saving pediatric procedure.
This work is led by Dr. Korak Sarkar, a board-certified neurologist specializing in traumatic brain injury, concussion management and headache care, practicing at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, LA. Hear more from him here.