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Virtual reality in cardiac interventions -- New tools or new toys?
  • Simon Sündermann,
  • Anja Hennemuth,
  • Jörg Kempfert
Simon Sündermann
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Anja Hennemuth
Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
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Jörg Kempfert
Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin
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Improvements in medical imaging and a steady increase in computing power are leading to new possibilities in the field of cardiovascular interventions. Interventions can be planned in advance in greater detail, even to the point of simulating procedures. Nevertheless, all techniques are at an early stage of development. It is of utmost importance that tools, especially if they can be used as decision support are intensively validated and their accuracy is demonstrated. In our commentary, we summarize current techniques for guiding improvement planning, but also critically discuss the downsides of these techniques. Following the work of Kenichi and colleagues, we also discuss necessary steps in advancing new tools and techniques, particularly as they are used in routine clinical practice. We also discuss the role of artificial intelligence, which could play a crucial role in this context in the future.
Aug 2022Published in Journal of Cardiac Surgery volume 37 issue 8 on pages 2466-2468. 10.1111/jocs.16569