Doctors at George Washington University Hospital are using virtual reality to uncover the damage caused by COVID-19.
Coronavirus cases in India crossed 700 in the country. The number of deaths around the world from the novel coronavirus cases has crossed 21,000 and 50,000 new cases are reported as of 27th march, 2020. This deadly virus is like an infection and has flu-like symptoms and affects the lungs of the infected person.
Earlier this month, doctors at George Washington University Hospital encountered their first patient with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Now they’re using VR technology to see into the patient’s lungs, the hospital demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube last week.
In the simulation, you can see healthy lung tissue in blue, and the virus-infected lung tissue in yellow.
“There is such a stark contrast between the virus-infected abnormal lung and the more healthy, adjacent lung tissue,” Dr. Keith Mortman, chief of thoracic surgery at GW Hospital, said in an interview for the hospital’s podcast, HealthCast. “And it’s such a contrast that you do not need an MD after your name to understand these images … the damage we’re seeing is not isolated to any one part of the lung. This is severe damage to both lungs diffusely.”
Mortman said he was particularly concerned about the possibility of long-term lung damage to those who survive COVID-19.
Check out the video below.
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