Virtual Reality in Medicine & Biotechnology

Methods and device technology in medicine are developing rapidly, and the number of knowledge domains to be mastered is growing steadily. The availability of 3D data in medical applications is increasing, nevertheless, image interpretation remains a key human function. Complex operations are to be planned in detail, from both a medical and economic point of view. Restricted vision and indirect work in minimally invasive procedures require a very careful training here. Scenario training must necessarily have a high level of realism, cover rare pathologies as well, allow an objective assessment of performance, and be easily accessible. With all these challenges, virtual techniques can make a meaningful contribution. Even today, 3D visualization and 3D interaction are successfully used in numerous medical fields of application. Many solutions available today have reached a level of maturity that allows immediate use in the field. Nevertheless, there are a number of unresolved challenges.

Areas of application

  • VR-based diagnostics
  • Analysis of 3D data from volumetric methods
  • Analysis simulation strength / stress calculation
  • Analysis simulation kinematics, multibody systems
  • Analysis simulation flow, fluidics
  • Planning intervention: processes, routes, irradiation
  • Intraoperative support
  • Navigation support
  • Extended surgical field of view
  • Tele-medicine
  • Telepresence with VR
  • Rehabilitation: motor skills, psychiatric therapy
  • Digital atlases
  • Training endoscopic procedure
  • Training surgical activities
  • Training processes and procedures
  • Training equipment technology
  • Workflow and arrangement planning
  • Molecular design / drug design
  • Simulation process technology
  • Simulation of substance diffusion
  • Strength calculation biomaterials

VDC Whitepaper "Virtual Reality in Medicine and Medical Engineering": Link