New VR technology lets doctors travel through patients' blood vessels

Honey, I shrunk the surgeon! New VR technology lets doctors travel through patients' blood vessels in real time Inverventional radiologists use tiny catheter tubes to operate inside blood vessels  They are guided by X-ray imaging displayed on giant screens in special operating suites  Doctors and patients are exposed to radiation and have to wear heavy vests   But new VR technology developed by University of Washington researchers lets doctors see inside the veins in 3D and real-time, immersing them in the veins If approved, it would allow them to ditch the Xrays and equipment and lead vests, take the tech on the road, and cut costs, researchers say 

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 04:02 GMT, 26 March 2019 | Updated: 04:02 GMT, 26 March 2019

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New technology lets doctors see the insides of patients' veins in 3D while they operate. 

Interventional radiologists use imaging to navigate through tiny blood vessels and precisely treat everything from clots to strokes to cancer and more. 

But the delicate, non-invasive procedures require them to use X-rays imaging to guide their tools throughout the procedures, exposing patients and themselves to radiation. 

A new catheter, developed at the University of Washington is decked out with electromagnetic sensors feeds real-time imaging from inside blood vessels to a headset, making the procedures safer and more precise than ever before.  

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A futuristic image shows an interventional radiologist doing a procedure in a model patient's blood vessels with the VR rendering of the vessels they are seeing in their headset

A futuristic image shows an interventional radiologist doing a procedure in a model patient's blood vessels with the VR rendering of the vessels they are seeing in their headset 

has generated a fair amount of excitement in the medical world, largely because it allows medical students or surgeons about to undertake complex procedures an opportunity to practice on something more responsive than a cadaver and less high-stakes than a living person. 

For radiologists, the trendy tech has a more

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