Lehigh Valley Health Network offering AR, VR, and extended reality for brain surgery
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Lehigh Valley Health Network offering AR, VR, and extended reality for brain surgery

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Lehigh Valley Health Network has now started to provide extended reality, AR, and VR visualization for neurosurgeons and patients.

Lehigh Valley Health Network is also Pennsylvania’s first health network to acquire the tech developed by Surgical Theater.

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Walter Jean, who is the Chief of Neurosurgery, is the only surgeon in the area using this innovative technology.

“With the largest, most advanced robotics program in the region, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence continues to invest in the latest technologies to ensure our community receives the very best care. We are proud to be the first in Pennsylvania to utilize XR technology for brain surgery.” – Michael Pasquale, Physician in chief, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence.

These immersive technologies help doctors visualize diseases in 3D. For patients requiring complex brain surgery, mixed reality can help them visualize their forthcoming surgery.

“We meet hundreds of patients and explain to them our surgical plan. That communication can be difficult at times. Once we have a patient’s brain scans loaded into the virtual reality software, they have the ability to see their own anatomy to gain a better understanding.” – Walter Jean.

During a procedure, AR allows surgeons to use “X-ray vision” to reach their target site safely and to stay out of danger by evading critical “no-fly” zones in the brain.

“Every patient’s problem is unique. We design the surgical approach for every operation to fit the unique needs of each individual.” – Jean.

Walter Jean joined Lehigh Valley Health Network last February and is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Jean is known globally for his expertise in complex brain surgery.

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