1170. PATIENT SPECIFIC HOLOGRAPHICS IN A CLINICAL SETTING: TOWARDS MORE MEANINGFUL PATIENT EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT AND SATISFACTION
Authors: Matthew Welz; Matthew Welz, MS; Devi Patra; ryan Hess, BSE; Brian Kalen, BSE; Karl Abi-Aad, MD; Evelyn Turcotte, BS; Jamal McClendon Jr., MD; chandan Krishna, MD; Bernard Bendok (Phoenix, AZ)
Current methods to educate patients on findings from neurosurgical imaging are very limited and cumbersome. The two-dimensional nature of medical imaging is one important barrier to seamless patient education. Three-dimensional representation of pathological findings may contribute greatly to patient understanding of their pathology and the potential three- dimensional procedural solutions. Utilizing a 3D printer and an augmented reality player in conjunction with segmenting software we are conducting a study to measure the impact of physical and holographic 3D imaging illustrations on patient education and satisfaction with their care.
Potential neurosurgical patients are identified during initial consultations for holographic and 3D-assisted patient education. Utilizing segmentation software, patient-specific magnetic resonance and computed tomography images are rendered and constructed into a 3D holographic image and 3D printed object. The 3D visualization session occurs during the following visit where 2D images are viewed before a survey captures the current knowledge they have about their own disease. 3D print-assisted patient education is then given to further educate the patient, and a follow-up survey captures their incremental learning and their opinion on which modality gave them the best insights.
The ongoing study has gathered data from 4 of the 10 patients planned to participate. Currently, all initial surveys have shown limited patient knowledge about their disease after 2D visualization alone. However, after the 3D-assisted education sessions, surveys show that patients report greater levels of knowledge and prefer more tangible life-like models.
In contrast to conventional 2D images, patient specific holographic 3D images and/or 3D physical models allow superior patient understanding of their own anatomy and disease process. Such education improves their confidence in the treatment methods, which aids in achieving patient specific individualized care.