Search
Close this search box.
Search

Virtual reality, a leap into cancer cells

Virtual reality is becoming much more than an enhancement to gaming expericences. It helps to innovate in the field of medicine as well. For example, by letting scientists take a virtual tour of a cell instead of looking at one through a microscope. 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is making this happen.

Lab director John McGhee is calling the project that places cells into a VR environment the stuff of science fiction. By using data pulled from a high-resolution electron-microscope at the University of Queensland, the expert in CGI has recreated a breast cancer cell in virtual reality, built upon the Unity  development platform for video games.

McGhees team created a 3D mesh of the cell adding texture, colour, light and any effects. Scientists can put on a  HTC Vive VR headset and essentially step into the petri dish and observe nanoparticle drugs being absorbed. They can use hand controllers to navigate the cell. At the moment the experience is used mainly for educational purposes.

McGhee says that immersing oneself  in a headset really helps “ to get your head around complicated processes versus if you just see something on a screen. It’s really allowing you to walk through data in a new way."

VR put to use for patients

The 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab uses another VR headset, the Oculus Rift, for a project that
focuses on the use of virtual reality in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. In this McGhee works together with Steven Faux, director of rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

To create the experience, the medical team takes a patient’s MRI or CT scan and determines the mechanism of the stroke they suffered. Then a neuroradiologist removes any extraneous parts of the image  and give the data to McGhee, who turns it into a virtual tour of the patient’s blood vessels and recreates the stroke. Faux told Mashable Australia:"If it was a slow closing off the blood vessels, we show that … if it was a clot that came from the heart and blocked a major blood vessel leading to the brain, we show that."

Faux said the impact on patients is often remarkable. For many, it’s the first time they’ve truly understood what happened to them. The experience seems to help by enhancing patients’ motivation to engage in rehabilitation.

Take the virtual tour

###virtual tou Cancer cell###

Whixx

ICT&health World Conference 2024

Experience the future of healthcare at the ICT&health World Conference from May 14th to 16th, 2024!
Secure your ticket now and immerse yourself in groundbreaking technologies and innovative solutions.
Engage with fellow experts and explore the power of global collaborations.

Share this article!

Read also
Pioneering Cardiac Arrest Detection for Enhanced Survival.
CardioWatch Revolutionizes Cardiac Arrest Detection
Dr. Oscar Díaz-Cambronero, Head of Perioperative Medicine Department at La Fe Hospital, spearheads innovative telemonitoring initiatives revolutionizing patient care
Smartwatches Saving Lives Inside and Outside the Hospital
EIT 2024
EIT Awards 2024. Two European startups are revolutionizing the treatment of cardiovascular diseases
Bertrand Piccard, Swiss explorer and founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation
EIT Summit 2024. What are the trigger points that drive or inhibit innovation?
MMC pioneers wireless monitoring for premature infants with the innovative Bambi Belt, revolutionizing care with improved comfort and mobility.
Wireless Monitoring of Vital Signs in Premature Infants at Máxima MC
Data protection-critical incidents resulting from human error are often rooted in stress, routine, negative attitudes toward IT, and deficits in employees' identification with the healthcare facility.
How cyberpsychology helps prevent human errors leading to data leaks
What technologies will enter our homes in a few months? ICT&health checked it out at the CES 2024.
CES 2024: Meet the exciting innovations for health and well-being
An article on a new study on e-health assessment tools
eHealth success lies at the intersection of technology, people, and organization
Unlocking the Future: Professor Sylvia Thun, a trailblazer in healthcare interoperability, discusses the crucial role of seamless data exchange in revolutionizing medicine and empowering individuals with comprehensive access to their health data.
Seamless data exchange will unlock the long-awaited benefits of digitalization
Medical facilities should proactively integrate new technologies into workflows to improve the quality of care.
Five areas of digitalization that healthcare providers should focus on in 2024
Follow us