Feature of the Week 06/24/2018: Duke University Researchers Show Exciting Advances in Live OCT Volumes in Immersive Virtual Reality
Virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays are an attractive technology for viewing intrasurgical optical coherence tomography (OCT) volumes because they liberate surgeons from microscope oculars. We demonstrate real-time, interactive viewing of OCT volumes in a commercial HTC Vive immersive VR system using previously reported ray casting techniques. Furthermore, we show interactive manipulation and sectioning of volumes using handheld controllers and guidance of mock surgical procedures in porcine eyes exclusively within VR. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first immersive VR-OCT viewer with stereo ray casting volumetric renders, arbitrary sectioning planes, and live acquisition support. We believe VR-OCT volume displays will advance ophthalmic surgery towards VR-integrated surgery.