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Using 3D Virtual Reality in Preoperative Planning - Robotic Bronchogenic Cyst Resection
Brian D. Cohen, Adam D. Reese, Whitney P. Sutton, John F. Lazar.
MedStar Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA.

OBJECTIVE: An essential aspect of pre-operative planning for the resection of mediastinal lesions is diagnostic imaging. In this video abstract, we aim to demonstrate the use of three-dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) modeling during pre-operative workup and surgical planning.
METHODS: We applied 3D VR modeling technology to a case study of a 50-year-old female with a bronchogenic cyst undergoing resection.
RESULTS: The use of 3D VR allowed the surgical team to build a model of the bronchogenic cyst and its surrounding structures. With this model, the anatomy could be manipulated to better appreciate structures that were not as apparent on traditional imaging.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of 3D VR modeling may assist the thoracic surgical team in identification and avoidance of key anatomic structures, and serve as another tool for surgical planning.


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