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Health: what place can virtual reality find in patient treatment?

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This project combines the virtual reality treatment of the patient by radiotherapy.

Reminder: what is radiotherapy?

Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiotherapy is one of the three main therapeutic weapons against cancer. Nowadays, in Western countries, 60% of patients have radiotherapy treatment during their treatment. The therapeutic principle that acts is that of the destruction of cancer cells thanks to the ionizing rays directed at the tumor and sparing healthy tissue as much as possible. Technological progress in the field of radiotherapy has allowed continuous improvement in the precision of radiation. Carried out in a controlled manner, irradiation finds applications in various sectors such as the food industry (sanitation and conservation…” data- url=”https:/ /news.google.com/sciences/definitions/physics-irradiation-2461/” data-more=”Read more”>irradiationtaking into account movements, the reproducibility of the sessions adapting to changes in the tumor and its environment. These advances also help to minimize the side effects of treatments.

The Hartmann Institute for Radiotherapy (ELSAN Group) offers high-precision techniques to patients and, for a few days, a virtual reality experience -called VORTHEx- that allows patients to experience a previous simulation of the treatments carried out thanks to two cyber blades from the center. This innovative experience was developed thanks to the experience of 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, a unit of the Dassault Systèmes group specialized in the development of virtual reality tools.

Virtual reality at the service of the patient experience

Before the heaviness of his treatment against cancer and the distressing feeling that can arise from radiotherapy treatment rooms, patients often find themselves debilitated. they are fighting with him protocolsspecialist appointments and articulated robots large figures in the radiation room moving around him. These conditions do not always prepare them peacefully for the treatment of radiotherapy. The VORTHEx project aims to improve the radiotherapy patient experience through a virtual treatment room, a space for “monozygotic twins or identical twins, which derive from the fragmentation of the same egg. These twins have the same genome and are of the same sex; dizygotic or false twins…” data-image=”https://cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midioriginal/0/3/d/ 03d0178dab_114925_twin-baby.jpg” data-url=”https: //news.google.com/health/definitions/medicine-twin-180/” data-more=”Read more”>twin of the new radiotherapy room at the Hartmann Institute”.

The virtual reality process has already proven itself in the field of medicine. Therefore, VR (Virtual reality) was used to reduce the painrelieve the stress and anxiety, overcome addiction, improve rehabilitation methods in patients who have suffered race

What is the VORTHEx project?

The VORTHEx project will allow people with cancer to better understand the benefit of their treatment, visualize it through virtual reality to better understand it. It will initially be installed within the Hartmann Radiotherapy Institute, which has one of the latest therapeutic innovations, the Cyberknife robot developed by Accuray. The latter allows treating tumors thanks to a high-precision technique that radiates tiny volumes reached. It is precisely directed to the diseased area and therefore does not affect analogous tissues. Thanks to the VORTHEx project, patients will be able to visualize in 3D” all the technical and protocol components of the treatment, namely: the room, the Cyberknife robotic arm, the position of the patient, the modalities and the stages of the sessions (source: website 3DLaboratory EXPERIENCE). This 3D initiative that aims to prepare patients before their treatment is a world first.

Accompany the patient to maximize the chances of recovery

Thanks to the use of 3D simulation tools of the 3DDassault Systèmes EXPERIENCE Lab, patients will have the opportunity to visualize the future treatment that they will receive. In this unique experience, they will be accompanied by someone from the care team who will be able to answer all your questions about the treatment process.

This 3D initiative that aims to prepare patients before their treatment is a world first

The VORTHEx project supports patients in their disease. In fact, a better understanding of treatment will give you a better chance of triumphing over your cancer. The objective of the experience is to familiarize them with the protocol, the place and the tools of the treatment. Implementation of the VORTHEx project aims to improve patient comfort, decrease patient apprehension, and deepen patient understanding of the radiotherapy protocol.

According to the Hartmann Institute of Radiotherapy, supporting people with cancer before and after their treatment is essential to combat the disease. Therefore, it is quite natural that the center is associated with the Rafaël Institute. This European center provides free support to patients before and after their cancer. The two institutes, as well as an ELSAN establishment, join forces to offer patients the time andEnergy they will need to be rebuilt in the best possible condition.

The 3DEXPERIENCE lab to support innovation

3DEXPERIENCE Lab is an initiative launched by Dassault Systèmes. The objective of the firm is then to help launch projects initiated by Opening having chosen one of the following themes: City, Life, Gnomon: from a simple stick to a sundial
In ancient times, the gnomon was…” data-image=”https://cdn.futura-sciences.com/buildsv6/images/midioriginal/9/6/e/96ede18295_76402_gnomon.jpg” data-url= “https ://news.google.com/science/definitions/physics-gnomon-14968/” data-more=”Read more”>Style of life, Ideation or FabLab. Those selected will be supported for 2 to 5 years. The program 3DLaboratory EXPERIENCE It will provide them with virtual simulation tools that allow them to develop their project. Through your program 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, Dassault Systèmes wants to support the creation and enable the realization of new experiences that have a positive impact on today’s society and the world of tomorrow.

Article produced in collaboration with Dassault Systèmes

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