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Virtual Reality Explained
Dr Timothy Jung, 
Director of the Augmented and Virtual Reality HubManchester Metropolitan University


Virtual Reality in Clinical Practice
Prof Kausik Chatterjee, 
Consultant Physician in Stroke and Elderly Medicine, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Pre Event Abstract
Despite having a huge potential for delivering ‘personalised’ medicine via Virtual Reality medium, the development in this area is somewhat slow. In this presentation, I am going to discuss some of the potentials Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats of Virtual Reality in the rehabilitation setting as well as how to develop a complex VR based rehabilitation programme in the real life.
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Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation: Moving Forward
Dr Dido Green, 
Specialist Research Therapist, Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
Pre Event Abstract
In healthcare, and more specifically rehabilitation, Virtual Reality (VR) has an underdeveloped potential for breakthrough treatment paradigms and widespread clinical adoption.  The future leads to the seamless integration and intersection of technologies like VR with artificial intelligence, deep learning, big data analytics, sensors, bio-feedback and increased computing power, thus enabling a revolution in decentralized patient-focused care and fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered.  What is missing is a structure to bring the relevant stakeholders together, not only to share and exchange knowledge and experience, but to facilitate the process of co-creation in order to ensure VR-technology based rehabilitation applications are fit for purpose.  Our project aims to provide a platform and structure for integrated co-production.  Our VR4REHAB InterReg NW Europe project is bringing together (1) SMEs, active in the field of VR, (2) research institutes, (3) clinics that specialize in interventions in the human musculoskeletal system with patients and young people with disabilities to develop state-of-the-art VR-technology that meets the rehabilitation potential and needs of young people, patients and their therapists.  With the co-creation of VR-based rehabilitation tools we aim to:
*developing virtual reality (VR) tools for and with children and young people with disabilities
*undertake innovative approaches to bringing patients, clinicians and developers together
This session will report on our background and feasibility studies for home-based virtual reality based rehabilitation and our experiences to date of co-creation in the VR4REHAB project.
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The Clinical Use of Mixed Reality
Dr Philip Pratt, 
Research Scientist, Helix Centre, Imperial College London
Pre Event Abstract
Precision and planning are key to reconstructive surgery. Augmented reality (AR) can bring the information within preoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) imaging to life, allowing the surgeon to ‘see through’ the patient’s skin and appreciate the underlying anatomy without making a single incision. This work has demonstrated that AR can assist the accurate identification, dissection and execution of vascular pedunculated flaps during reconstructive surgery. Separate volumes of osseous, vascular, skin, soft tissue structures and relevant vascular perforators were delineated from preoperative CTA scans to generate three-dimensional images using two complementary segmentation software packages. These were converted to polygonal models and rendered by means of a custom application within the HoloLens™ stereo head-mounted display. Intraoperatively, the models were registered manually to their respective subjects by the operating surgeon using a combination of tracked hand gestures and voice commands; AR was used to aid navigation and accurate dissection. Identification of the subsurface location of vascular perforators through AR overlay was compared to the positions obtained by audible Doppler ultrasound. Through a preliminary HoloLens-assisted case series, the operating surgeon was able to demonstrate precise and efficient localisation of perforating vessels.


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