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VR technology helps doctors successfully separate conjoined twins

A team of doctors used virtual reality technology to prepare for a successfully isolated surgery twins Join in the lead.

Virtual reality (VR) is a purpose-designed computer environment. to simulate real situations and objects. Experience VR environments using headsets and other electronic devices.

VR technology was used when doctors from Brazil and the UK were involved in surgery on conjoined twins.

The twin boys’ names are Arthur and Bernardo. They were born in rural northern Brazil in 2018. The two were joined at the head and shared some brain tissue.

Doctors in Brazil have tried to separate the boys in the past, but they have been unsuccessful.

However, the hospital that has cared for the twins for the past two and a half years has decided to contact the British. charity We have funded and provided medical teams to support similar separations.

The charity is called Gemini Untwind. Its creator and director is Noor ul Owase Jeelani. He is a surgeon at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. Jeelani specializes in separating conjoined twins, especially those conjoined at the head.

Gemini Untwined has successfully operated on twin children since its founding in 2018. But Jeelani said Arthur and Bernardo’s separation was the most difficult operation to date.

In a statement, he explained that this was because the boys shared something important. vein In the brain. The twin, at 4 years old, was also the oldest twin with brain tissue attached to attempt the separation surgery, Jeelani added.

The process of separating the twins, carried out at the Paulo Niemeyer State Brain Institute in Rio, was long and strenuous, requiring a total of seven surgeries involving more than 100 medical workers, Jeelani said. was. His two operations at the end of June lasted about 33 hours. He said the operation was a complete success.

According to Jeelani, a key reason for the success of the separation was the VR training that medical teams in the UK and Brazil received in the months leading up to the actual surgery.

the team used their brains scan Create a digital map of the boy’s head and brain tissue. Using this data, the doctor used her VR equipment to perform several trial maneuvers. Mock surgeries allowed the team to try different methods used in real surgeries.

VR technology is currently being used in a variety of ways in the medical field, including twin separation surgery in the past. But Gilani said it was the first time the technology had been used for this purpose in Brazil.

Speaking to the UK’s PA media news agency, Gilani said: anatomy Please do the surgery before you actually endanger your children. ”

He said VR training prior to this type of manipulation was “reassuringFor concerned surgeons. “In some ways, these operations are considered the most difficult of our time,” Gilani added. ” means that the technology was very specific and complex.

Adriley Lima, the boys’ mother, expressed the family’s relief and happiness as they looked forward to bringing the twins home. said. Lima added: Gratitude

I’m Brian Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this article for VOA Learning English based on reports from Agence France-Presse, PA Media, and Gemini Untwined.

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the words of this story

twins n. Two babies born at the same time from the same mother.

to simulate v. to do or make something that looks real but is not

charity n. A public agency that gives money or food or helps those in need

vein n. one of the tubes in the body that carries blood to the heart

scan v. reading or copying an image into a computer using a special machine

anatomy n. scientific study of how the body and its parts are arranged

reassure v. say something to stop someone from worrying

Gratitude n. Gratitude or Quality: Gratitude or Gratitude


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