Enhancing Renal Cryoablation Preparation Through Virtual Reality Integration

The case report titled “Renal Cryoablation Preparation Using Virtual Reality” aims to develop a method for effectively planning and executing virtual cryoablation procedures to treat Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) tumors while minimizing damage to adjacent organs. The researchers utilized AVATAR MEDICAL Software V1, to convert CT scan data into real-time 3D and VR reconstructions without the need for segmentation or post-processing. They applied this method to a patient with a previously treated kidney lesion to explore its potential benefits.

The software enabled the placement and manipulation of a virtual probe in a 3D rendering of the patient’s anatomy, offering a more comprehensive evaluation compared to traditional axial plane visualization. This approach facilitated planning and execution of cryoablation procedures by allowing clinicians to explore various probe placements and angles. The study compared different approaches for probe placement, considering factors like lesion location and proximity to important structures.

Results demonstrated that using VR for procedural planning allowed for more creative and precise approaches. For the patient in question, a combined lateral and posterior approach was identified as optimal, enabling the placement of cryoablation probes while minimizing risks to nearby structures. The entire process, from loading images to probe placement, took less than 10 minutes per patient case.

The study concluded that VR technology, specifically the AVATAR MEDICAL Software V1, offers a valuable tool for seamlessly integrating imaging data into a suitable environment for planning and conducting virtual cryoablation procedures. This innovative approach provides clinicians with a better understanding of complex anatomical relationships and the flexibility to explore alternative procedural strategies.

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