Doctors use Google Cardboard to save lives

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In Minnesota, the United States, a 4-month-old baby girl, Teegan Lexcen, suffered from congenital heart malformation and lack of left lung. Doctors once believed that she could not survive until Christmas this year. Now she is recovering at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Before the operation, the doctor used a smart phone and Google Cardboard virtual reality headwear device to understand her chest structure, laying the foundation for a successful operation.
For doctors, even such operations for adults are very complicated. If the operation is to be successful, the doctor needs to know the shape of her heart accurately. 2D NMR can’t bring all the information. Therefore, Dr. Juan-Carlos Muniz, head of the MRI department of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, converted these 2D scanning information into stereo images, put the images into iPhone, and presented them to his colleague, cardiovascular doctor Redmond Burke, through Google Cardboard. Burke said that through Google Cardboard, he was like going to the surgery site in person.
Burke fully understood Teegan’s heart information two weeks before the operation. With this information, Burke determined the surgical plan. In the end, Lexen’s operation was very successful, she got a new life, and virtual reality technology was also proved to have a new application scenario.

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