Splice 2018-03-29T18:30:23+00:00
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New devices for anatomic studies and 3-D visualization have proven to be useful for preoperative surgical planning and intra-operative procedures; the hypothesis of our study is that, in this specific case scenario, Surgical Theater and Virtual Proteins (two devices available at the Besta NeuroSim Center, Fondazione IRCCS Neurological Institute Carlo Besta) can improve doctor-patient communication during the process of obtaining informed consent: through tridimensional representation of anatomic structures of the brain, these devices are able to help patients understand better their own anatomy and the surgical approach to their disease.
The aim of our study is therefore to understand whether this high-technology 3D planning, used as a tool to optimize patient-doctor communication, can effectively improve patients’ understanding of the disease and the surgical procedure they will be going through (for which they are supposed to sign the consent), as well as the benefits, the risks and all the possible complications that can derive form surgery.
Surgical Theater and Virtual Proteins may be of great help: thanks to the case-specific 3D reconstruction of the patient’s anatomy, the explanation of the surgical procedure could be customized for each different person, considering that anyone has certain unique individual features that a regular standardized system could not possibly take into account.