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First Look at New Patient Engagement Virtual Reality PlatformAhead of the weekend, VRJournal learned that Barrow Brain and Spine is now the first in the Southwest to use the Precision Virtual Reality medical visualization platform by Surgical Theater.

“This innovative, enterprise-wide virtual reality technology provides Barrow’s world-renowned neurosurgeons and physicians with a never-before view of the anatomy and pathology of their patients’ complex neurologic conditions,” a media release explains.

So what does this mean for patients? Precision VR, we’re told, is a critical instrument for shared decision making and helps patients “visualize and comprehend” their medical conditions by allowing for an intuitive and immersive understanding of their treatment plans while supporting the overall path to an easier, faster and smoother recovery.

Precision VR revolutionizes patient engagement opportunities in the clinic while providing cutting-edge surgical planning and navigation capabilities in the operating room, as well as powerful tools for medical education and collaboration for Barrow’s neurosurgical and medical communities.

“We build each patient’s treatment plan based on the philosophy that each patient is unique and each procedure is different, which is why we spend years dedicated to learning to visualize a patient’s anatomy and how their condition impacts critical structures, especially in the event that surgery is necessary,” says Dr. Peter Nakaji, Neurosurgeon at Barrow Brain and Spine. “Precision VR is truly a breakthrough technology for neurosurgery that provides an immersive view that is instrumental to the visualization process and enhances the personalized treatment plans we facilitate for patients. The VR reconstruction also helps facilitate communication and build rapport by giving doctors a visual way to lead patients through their procedures.”

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