The First Pilot Study of an Interactive, 360° Augmented Reality Visualization Platform for Neurosurgical Patient Education: A Case Series

Jonathan J. Lee, Maxim Klepcha, Marcus Wong, Phuong N. Dang, Saeed S. Sadrameli, Gavin W. Britz

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Interactive technologies are increasingly being used for patient education. Augmented reality (AR) is the technology of superimposing digital content on the reality that the user observes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a brand new, commercial prototype of a 360° AR visualization platform (360 ARVP) to enhance patient education for neurosurgical patients. METHODS: This pilot study was a single-center, single-provider study that took place in the clinic setting of the senior author. Patients were given the opportunity to use the 360 ARVP (Surgical Theater) concurrently with the neurosurgeon. All patients completed a survey on their experience with the 360 ARVP immediately after use. RESULTS: A total of 24 patients participated in the study. All patients (19 [79.2%] strongly agreed and 5 [20.8%] agreed) reported that using the 360 ARVP system helped improve understanding of their medical condition. The total percentage of patients who either agreed or strongly agreed that experiencing the 360 ARVP helped improve their comfort levels and that they felt included in decisions about their treatment was 95.8%. When asked to rate their level of understanding of their treatment plans on a 0 to 10 scale, the difference in means for the patients' ratings before and after the use of 360 ARVP was statistically significant (P < .0017). CONCLUSION: This pilot study demonstrates that AR can be used as an adjunctive tool for patient education. Patients found that the 360 ARVP increased their understanding of their medical conditions and improved their comfort level with the proposed treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalOperative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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