V-R Meets The E-R

V-R meets the E-R, Virtual Reality is no longer just for video games. The Medical Industry is utilizing the Technology to teach students how to react during health emergencies. Let’s see how researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio are using the V-R System.  


VR meets the ER.

Virtual reality is no longer just for video games.

The medical industry is using the technology to teach students how to react during health emergencies.

Let's see how researches at the University of Texas at San Antonio are using the VR system.

The student using the virtual reality, VR in the ER, can be able to expand their skills, which is never seen before.

For example, like learning biology, and usually, you can see the biological cells and you never can see inside of the cell, the structures and signaling pathways and proteins and genes.

In the virtual reality, you can build all those around it.

And another example is by training, and we have biologically, by medical, we have the application called Open Heart Simulator just to similar to the Fly Simulator, so this is for medical student for training.

Mando Rodriguez is a research solutions engineer here at UTSA.

He's going to show us virtual reality, how it can be used to train doctors in operating rooms using some of the equipment, Mando, that they would use in an open-heart surgery situation.

How is this going to utilize the virtual reality?

Well, this particular simulation is set up to be an operating room scenario.

This is set up for perfusionists in order to train them in the event that something goes wrong in the middle of a surgery.

Any number of things can go wrong with a heart-lung machine.

They can have an air bubble inside of the tube, blood pressure can drop, oxygen levels can drop, so that's what this VR trainer is made specifically for.

Over here, I'm checking to see that the hoses are properly connected.

Things can happen where the hoses are not properly connected.

I would need to go down here.


I connect the hose.

Any number of things can happen where the hose can come loose.

Silly thing to happen, but yeah.

That can happen, and an air bubble can be inside of one of these hoses.

Oxygen levels can drop, so this is what the simulator is designed to basically replicate.

Scenarios that go wrong aren't going to happen when you shadow a doctor is what I'm saying.

You don't want them to go wrong when you shadow a doctor.

So what I'm saying is if a med student was shadowing a doctor in the middle of a surgery, they don't want something to go wrong there, but here, you can safely replicate something going wrong and having them come in and, you know, save the day, you know, get an air bubble out of the tube, make sure that the oxygen pump is working properly, make sure blood pressure is correct.

You can make...If something like that were to happen here, you could replicate that over and over again without any actual risk to any patients.

You get a better idea of exactly what's going on in an object.

Then you have a lot of 3-D models where when you're looking at the computer screen, you can't really see a lot of the contours or results that are popping up.

So a lot of the simulations I do for finite element include a lot of 3-D models, so being able to see it in more than just the two-dimension computer screen, you get a better idea of what's going on in your simulation.

One of the most exciting projects going on at UTSA is the Google Labster on the Daydream, and the Bill Gates Foundation donated 20 sets of the VRs, so it's going to be coming in live in next semester.

The importance of having technology like this at UTSA to train the future leaders of our country and of our world, just tell me a little bit about, from your perspective, why this is so important that we have this here.

Why it's important?

Well, it can be pretty costly and sometimes you need high-end PCs.

You need this equipment.

You need good monitors and everything to... You don't always have that available, so you can just come into our lab here and, you know, it's here, freely available for anybody to use for any sort of projects that they're doing, and that's a lot better than, you know, going off and shelling out $400 or $500 just to, 'Gee, I don't know if this is going to work right, ' and maybe have to switch to something else.

It's easier to come down here and just, you know, prototype and test here using our equipment and determine which one of these pieces of technology work best for you.