Virtual reality in cardiac interventions -- New tools or new toys?
AbstractImprovements in medical imaging and a steady increase in computing power
are leading to new possibilities in the field of cardiovascular
interventions. Interventions can be planned in advance in greater
detail, even to the point of simulating procedures. Nevertheless, all
techniques are at an early stage of development. It is of utmost
importance that tools, especially if they can be used as decision
support are intensively validated and their accuracy is demonstrated. In
our commentary, we summarize current techniques for guiding improvement
planning, but also critically discuss the downsides of these techniques.
Following the work of Kenichi and colleagues, we also discuss necessary
steps in advancing new tools and techniques, particularly as they are
used in routine clinical practice. We also discuss the role of
artificial intelligence, which could play a crucial role in this context
in the future.