A VIRTUAL reality colonoscopy developed by a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine could help to improve patient healthcare.
David Randall, a researcher at the University of Sheffield, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme where he spoke about how the technology was developed.
Today presenter Justin Webb tried out the virtual reality colonoscopy for himself during his interview with David and commented that it was just the kind of development which could make real changes in people’s lives.
David developed the VR colonoscopy with Dr Peter Metherall, of the medical physics department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and Dr John Fenner, of Sheffield University.
The virtual reality colonoscopy they have developed allows clinicians to travel inside a patient’s colon, viewing its mucosal surface in real 3D rather than in 2D as offered by a conventional monitor.
‘Virtual colonoscopy, viewed on a 2D monitor, is a procedure performed routinely within the NHS where the structure of the colon is extracted from a CT image and its lumen is flown through,’ said David.
‘While the radiologist transits the colon they look for pathological structures. Reporting involves the examination of both the CT data and the virtual colonoscopy to reach diagnosis.’
David added it was hoped that by performing the examination with virtual reality technology it offered a potential improvement in efficiency, for both patients and clinicians.
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