Innovative Technologies Like 3D May Improve Patient Outcomes
Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with Dr. H. Warren Goldman, Ph.D., Director, Cooper Neurological Institute, Cooper University Health Care & Professor of Neurological Surgery, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, to discuss how health providers can now visualize patients in 3D and the way they are improving healthcare and surgeries with innovative technologies.
"Steve Adubato, coming to you from the Virtual Reality Center at Rowan University. We are pleased to welcome Doctor Warren Goldman, who is Director, Cooper Neurological Institute, Cooper University Health Care, and also Professor of Neurological Surgery, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. So good to have you with us. Thank you. Doctor, this is part of a series of interviews that are really trying to make research come alive, alright. You have been involved in medicine for how long? 40 years. Why did you do it? Why did you make the decision to go in? Well, I mean, I think I've always wanted to be a physician, and the brain is really the great frontier. I won't say it's the last frontier, but it's a great frontier, and a tremendous challenge. So in that spirit, we're gonna be showing some video. Talk to us about what's behind us, right? Can we see this? This is, in fact, called a 3D... right? The 3D body? Explain to us what we're seeing. Yeah so the... learning, this is really an educational tool. The traditional way to learn about the body is dissection, which is really not a live process, it's not an interactive process. It's probably the most boring course in medical school to dissect a body that's been dead for decades, has no three-dimensional quality to it, it's not real. The ability to create a three-dimensional, interactive visual, using the most modern imaging technology, is a tremendous teaching tool. It gives tremendous perspective to the live body for interventions such as surgery, and it gives us an opportunity to develop surgical techniques, particularly important for the brain. Devil's Advocate doctor, how is this different from an MRI? An MRI is a two-dimensional depiction. So we use MRI to create these tools. So we take MRI, and it's put into the computers of the CAVE, which is tremendously potent, and it can reconstruct in three dimension what we see in two dimension. How would it change...? Because we're about to see this other wearable technology, but before we go to that, how would this impact a diagnosis? A prognosis? And decisions you would make around patient care? About surgery particularly? Well, this is sort of the beginning. And that is... this is a teaching tool. So we... students can learn about the anatomy in a much more interactive way. This is an immersive technology, and you can actually go through the body, layer by layer, organ by organ, and get a much better feeling for how things relate to each other. So this is really a teaching..."