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Brain Surgeons Practice in 3-D Before Operating
June 24, 2013  | 
Galveston, TX- Imagine you have a brain tumor and your doctor says surgery is the only way to save your life. Now also imagine that the doctor has a 3-D image of your brain and using that image to “practice” the surgery before the actual procedure.

That may be what the future holds. At the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, doctors training to become neurosurgeons are using 3-D images mixed with a dose of virtual reality to identify diseased portions of the brain and to perform surgery.

The unique 3-D set up, created by ImmersiveTouch, sits discreetly in a lab in UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital and is one of about 10 such simulators in the nation.

Bringing neurosurgical training into the 21st century has been the mission of Jaime Gasco, M.D., ever since he became director of neurosurgery resident education for UTMB in late 2011.

“What we have going on here,” Gasco says, “is what everyone should be doing.”

Once in the lab, Gasco leans forward, his attention fixed on the task in front of him. Above, on a large computer monitor, there’s a 3-D image of the top of a human head. Using essentially a very fancy joystick, Gasco “virtually” mimics the sensation of boring through bone and brain. There’s the whine of a drill as he approaches his goal. Continue>

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