Laduma has created a custom 360° Virtual Reality experience to enhance the training and support of cardiac procedures.

The award-winning immersive tech consultancy filmed Dr Harish Manyam, Erlanger Heart Lung Institute’s Medical Director of Electrophysiology, performing a S-ICD procedure on a patient.

People at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest are most likely to undergo a S-ICD operation. This was developed by Boston Scientific to avoid more invasive heart surgery and associated complications.

Laduma’s VR experience will allow doctors across the world to get a never-before-seen 360° view of the life-saving heart procedure by watching Dr. Manyam as if they’re alongside him in the operating theatre.

Ben Smith, CEO of Laduma, said: “Working with Erlanger Health System has shown us all how important it is for medical staff to be properly trained when it comes to performing complex life-saving operations.

“By filming Dr. Manyam as he carried out the operation with several cameras, our crew was able to capture previously unseen details. The finished 360° Virtual Reality experience is a breakthrough for medical training.

“It means doctors in remote parts of the world can be trained better than ever before. Hence, save even more lives. Boston Scientific is one of the world’s premier medical device companies. Erlanger Health Systems is known as a leader in healthcare so we were honoured to work with them.”

Doctors around the world will be given an introduction to the procedure. They will then receive ongoing training – by using a Virtual Reality headset loaded with the immersive 360° experience.

“As the region’s only academic center, training clinical teams in innovative therapies is a core value of the Heart & Lung Institute team.  As the Electrophysiology program leader, having the opportunity to share what we are doing in Chattanooga, TN is exciting.” says Dr. Harish Manyam.

Laduma has worked extensively in the medical sector with other clients such as Intermountain Healthcare and Edwards Life Sciences.

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