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How can virtual reality help surgeons prepare for SSCD surgery?

Dr. Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgeon

Virtual reality can help surgeons prepare for semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) surgery by enabling them to look into the person's head CT (computerized tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and see the 3-D reconstruction as an actual replication of that person's specific individual SSCD. Everyone's SSCD is actually a little bit different. Some people have larger holes, some people have small holes. In some people the hole actually looks like two separate holes. Based on an individual's anatomy, surgeons do specific 3-D reconstruction, and then they can do it in virtual reality, allowing them essentially to look inside the person's head before they look inside the person's head. This allows surgeons to do the surgery before the surgery, to rehearse, to practice, not just in their minds but now in three dimensions, like a video game. They do the surgery in virtual reality before they do the surgery in real life.

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