Wake Forest University School of Medicine collaborates with doctors in Ecuador on a virtual reality radiology project | Business

Winston Salem, North Carolina – July 28, 2022 – Neuroradiologists in Wake Forest University School of Medicine A pilot study has begun to test the use of virtual reality (VR) systems to remotely read MRI and other medical images.


Jonathan Burdett, MDa professor of radiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, periodically travels to Ecuador to help doctors read radiology studies, since there are few neuroradiologists trained in subspecialties in this South American country.

Many radiologists in the United States and Canada offer their time to help colleagues in developing countries, but these consultations are often not ideal due to technology limitations.

Now, through this pilot study, including Burdette and his team Christopher Whitlow, MD, PhD.،, chief of radiology, and Josh Tan, director of diagnostic radiology systems at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptistexplores how virtual reality technology can help better serve patients in Ecuador and beyond.

The hardware for the pilot study was provided by Lenovo and the software was provided by Luxsonic Technologies, designed from the ground up to provide a safe, low-cost, and easy way for radiologists to communicate with their colleagues.

“The great thing about this is that it’s a collaborative environment with people who can view medical images at the same time, no matter where they are in the world,” Burdett said. “We are able to interpret images in amazing detail while communicating with referring clinicians who see the same images in real time, which is not possible in a traditional hospital reading room.”

This collaboration is made possible by Burdette’s connections with Nelson Maldonado, MD, founder of the QRA Medical Specialty in Quito, Ecuador. In addition, Carol Cardenas, MD, who trained at the University of San Francisco de Quito and recently started a neuroradiology fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will help improve the educational potential of the VR system through connections between the Department of Neuroradiology at Wake Forest Baptist and residency program in Ecuador.

Because of the system’s portability, Burdette and his team envision several future possibilities for using this technology, such as remote reading of subspecialties of scans throughout atrial health The system or presence of a portable ultrasound unit in an ambulance or helicopter where images can be viewed by multiple people in the hospital in real time while the patient is on the road.

“The sky is the limit,” Burdett said. “The educational, clinical, and research possibilities in a virtual reality environment are endless. We don’t yet know exactly what the future might bring, but this is certainly exciting and is just the tip of the iceberg of what we may be able to do.”

The use of this technology in cooperation with Ecuador, although challenging, will provide a blueprint for future cooperation around the world.

Burdett is confident that “if we can do it in Ecuador, we can do it anywhere in the world.”

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