How Virtual, Augmented Reality Can Impact Radiology and Health Care with Mike Wesolowski, CEO at Luxsonic

We speak to Mike Wesolowski, CEO at Luxsonic on the far-reaching impact of virtual reality on radiology and healthcare.


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With virtual reality, we you know, we create fully digital worlds. And whether those worlds. You know, whether a golf course or a fantasy realm or a clinical environment, really, I think the big power of virtual reality is to provide presence within those environments. You really feel like you're experiencing that world. And that has a lot of power intuitively In a number of areas within medicine, whether that's medical education, training, or even healthcare delivery

Taking the entire concept of that radiologist's office and virtualizing the entire thing. So that the radiologist can now take all of the hardware and all of the software that's needed to review a patient's data. And they can take that office and that workflow with them anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

So all of that hardware and all that software, and now we can replace it with a virtual reality. And that headset doesn't have to necessarily be connected to a computer. We can use all-in-one headsets, like, you know, the Oculus or the HTC, Vive focus three and really enable the radiologist to take that workflow with them anywhere.

VR is being applied in medical education, but in radiology medical education is on a mentor-mentee basis where a radiology resident sits in the same room. The trained radiologist and they learn from that trained radiologist, they watch them work. And that actually shut down because of COVID. And so trying to. Use the radiology workflow and with something like zoom or teams, it just doesn't work very well. So with our system, because we can connect multiple radiologists into the virtual space and they can actually feel like they're working together in, in a physical reading room.

We're seeing. augmented reality, be used for procedural guidance, where you can have a one person at a remote and rural site in an AR headset being guided by a more experienced healthcare professional. And that really opens up the possibility of improving access to healthcare services and in areas where we may not have those services anymore.

As we've seen during COVID you know, workflow has been disrupted. But you know, it was very difficult for radiologists to work remotely

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