Living Heart Project
Dassault is trying to bring this same technology to medicine. It simulates—in VR, a baseline healthy human heart, which can then be used to study things like congenital heart disease or heart defects, or how foreign bodies like medical implants or new drugs interact with it.
But then imagine a future in which a doctor can see what's happening in your heart by strapping on a pair of 3D Glasses and walking inside.
Medical students can practice on virtual patients exhibiting rare conditions they might never see in a training hospital or scientists can test new drugs and risky new surgical techniques virtually again and again, before working on a physical heart.
Simulating A One-In-A-Million Heart
Levine works for Dassault, he doesn't have a medical background, but what he does have is a daughter with a congenital heart deficiency.
Born with a congenital heart condition in which her primary arteries and ventricles are transposed. This means that the wrong pumps and valves are responsible for keeping blood flowing properly through her body. Her condition makes her one in a million.
Because her electrical system is disrupted, she had her first pacemaker installed when she was two; she has had three replacements since then.
A Digital Copy of Any Patient’s Heart
Levine set out to build a platform to understand how her heart worked on a fundamental level.
The first step is to prove a model that can accurately simulate the baseline, or normal heart, before you start throwing it curve balls.
But even a "baseline" simulated heart can be useful in testing new types of implants and medicines and proving they work.
The Living Heart Project’s goal is to be able to simulate anyone's heart conditions in virtual reality by feeding it MRI data and putting on a VR headset.
Patients will benefit from improved quality of care because doctors will actually be able to explore what Dassault calls a "digital twin" a heart custom-tailored to new treatments to unique needs.
Virtual Heart Development
Right now Dassault have a heart simulator, but development is moving quickly. From a normal heart it is progressing to simulate disease states, and regulators are learning how to interpret data from virtual testing.
Dassault will also needs to convince doctors and hospitals that patient outcomes will be better if they use their software.
More Virtual Organs
There's no doubt virtual reality will make a big impact on the medical industry, as other organs and systems such as the brain and lungs will also be simulated
Our minds are built to work in 3-D, but for years, doctors have had to make do with trying to understand the body through one- and two-dimensional data sets
VR will become more common, just as architects were able to leap from pencil drawings to CAD programs.
Quantum Digital Develop 3D Medical Apps
Doctors will finally be able to achieve a "fundamental understanding" of how a patient's body works through simulation and direct observation, allowing them to give better treatment, save lives, and reduce the cost of health care over time.
VR is unequivocally the future of medicine and Quantum Digital is working with doctors to develop 3D Apps for patient diagnosis and treatment.