Patient Education

VSI Patient Education” enables a doctor to demonstrate a high-resolution MRI or CT three-dimensionally to his patient during education about his illness or upcoming operation with both of them wairing mixed reality glasses. A patient’s relative or friend could join in with a third pair of mixed reality glasses.

Benefits of Patient Education:

The vivid three-dimensional MRI/CT demonstration helps the patient to a deeper understanding of his illness or upcoming operation

Quality improvement of the doctor’s patient education

Enhancement of the patient’s confidence in both the doctor and the hospital


VSI-Function:  Patient Education

Author:  Dr. med. Patrick House

Specialist fields: Operative fields: neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, casualty surgery, plastic surgery, urology

Non-operative fields: neurology, epileptology, radiology, neuroradiology, dentistry

Target group: doctors of the above operative and non-operative fields

Application fields: Patient education on illnesses or upcoming operations

Development status:  finished

Certification: planned

Publications:  House PM et al. (2020). Use of the mixed reality tool “VSI Patient Education” for more comprehensible and imaginable patient educations before epilepsy surgery and stereotactic implantation of DBS or stereo-EEG electrodes. Epilepsy Res. 2020 Jan;159:106247. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2019.106247. Epub 2019 Nov 26.

About VSI Patient Education

At first, the doctor positions the three-dimensional MRI/CT at a place in the room where he and the patient can easily see it – and walk around it for closer looks, if desired. The patient (and possibly his relative/friend) see the MRI/CT at exactly the same place. Now, the doctor can navigate into the MRI/CT with a transparent cube (“slicer”) in order to see/demonstrate the insides of the three-dimensional MRI. With a virtual pen he can “draw” into the MRI to mark specific structures or the surgeons’s planned operation path. Slicer, pen, and the doctor’s drawing can be seen by both the doctor and the patient (and his relative/friend). All control panels can only be seen by the doctor. The doctor can make screenshots or videos of the projected MRI, which can be later made available to the patient in digital or printed format.

Dr. med. Patrick House, Epilepsy specialist and senior doctor at Epilepsy Centre in Hamburg