Dr. Ziv Haskal, a professor of interventional radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, demonstrates a virtual reality video he has developed that can be played on a cellphone fit inside virtual reality goggles. Downtown project will be one story taller The project is scheduled to be completed by August.

When Dr. Ziv Haskal saw a virtual reality video of a buffalo walking through a field, he immediately knew the value of the technology. “You show that to anyone, from the housekeeper to the full professor, and they just fall back in shock,” he said.

“I still have that Google Cardboard [viewframe]. I went and wrote a pitch, got a grant and filmed a video.” Haskal, a professor of interventional radiology at the University of Virginia, recently unveiled his virtual reality teaching tool, which places viewers at his shoulder as he performs a complicated procedure, and enables a 360-degree view of his procedure suite.

The technology has the potential to transform how radiology is taught, Haskal believes, and to vastly expand the number of radiologists who can help patients with chronic liver problems.  “I’ve spent my 25-year career trying to perfect something, while knowing that you can’t ever achieve perfection,” Haskal said. “But this could be the transformative, step-through-the-door technology that really helps apprenticeship training on medical procedures.” The video, viewed through virtual reality goggles, shows Haskal inserting a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt.

Through a small nick in a patient’s neck, Haskal threads a small tube through the liver to connect one vein to another and relieve pressure on the liver. “Everybody, as soon as they see it, gets what’s happening immediately,” Haskal said. Read more from dailyprogress.com…

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