Virtual Reality at GOSH

Virtual Reality (VR) at GOSH is transforming and improving clinical training and patient care. VR provides an intuitive way for clinical staff and patients to interact with 3D anatomical models, improving the communication and understanding of complex disease and surgical techniques that textbooks and computer screens simply cannot match.

Over the past 5 years, we developed VheaRts, a platform which brings together software solutions and clinical services to transform patient care and education. VheaRts has been developed in a close partnership between engineers from the UCL clinical cardiovascular engineering group and GOSH clinicians ensuring a deep understanding of the needs of educational institutions, conference/workshop organisers, clinical teams and patients.

Software for Training and Anatomy Study

VheaRts software offers an extensive and customisable library of virtual 3D contents to supplement and enrich traditional anatomy lectures, surgical meetings or patient consultations. VheaRts carefully developed visualisation and interaction tools to help participants quickly grasp complex concepts. This reduces the cognitive load of imagining spatial reconstructions in 3D. The multi-users feature of VheaRts extends meetings to as many participants as required, wherever they are in the world.

Institutional Virtual Reality and Technology Embedding

Building on the experience at GOSH and UCL, we offer support to implement virtual reality services based on clinical and educational needs, enabling institutions to take patient care and staff training to the cutting edge through VR.

We can streamline VR adoption in your institution through supporting hardware installation and staff training on software use, 3D modelling techniques, educational methods and hardware maintenance.

We can make the VheaRts software unique to your organisation by customising the virtual environment and pre-loaded anatomy library with specific content. Leverage our in-house expertise to bridge knowledge gaps in your institution by outsourcing patient-specific 3D-modelling and image segmentation work for your clinical/training cases.

Workshop and Conference Services

As we have demonstrated at the 2023 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery in Washington DC, VheaRts elevates attendees’ conference experience through extended reality anatomy workshop services. Curated for you in partnership with VheaRts, we can deliver a multi-day virtual reality workshop with our team of leading anatomy and imaging experts. This can include creating a bespoke virtual environment for your specialists to deliver their own anatomy demonstrations while we handle all hardware and software logistics for you.

Consulting Services

Every institution is unique in its requirements and opportunities to integrate virtual reality. VHearts works with your team to create bespoke solutions such as customised library content, virtual environments, unique applications, or tools to suit the clinical and educational needs of your organisation.

Get in touch

Why not start the conversation today and explore how VHeaRts can help develop solutions to meet your organisational needs.

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24-28th Aug 2020.
“Accelerating the translation of patient-specific modelling in clinics for procedural planning and teaching: a Virtual Reality (VR) approach”. VPH 2020 Paris, France (online). Poster

8th Apr 2021.
“Translating computational modelling to clinics: opportunities and challenges in the field of congenital heart diseases”. BMC BAMC Glasgow 2021 - Progress and Trends in Mathematical Modelling of Cardiac Function. Oral

May 25-27, 2021. “Virtual reality for surgical planning, training and patient engagement in the field of congenital heart disease: a single centre experience.” 54th Annual Meeting of the AEPC. Oral

6-9 September 2022.
“Virtual Reality for Teaching and Treating Congenital Heart Disease” VPH2022 Porto (Portugal). Oral

26th August 2022. “Virtual reality and robotics for complex cardiovascular procedures” ESC Congress 2022. Barcelona (Spain). Oral

February 2022. “VheaRts for training in Congenital heart diseases” iNUGSC 2022. London (UK) Oral and workshop

February 2023.
“VheaRts for training in Congenital heart diseases” iNUGSC 2022. Oral and workshop

26-29th April 2023. “Virtual reality and engineering simulations for nulls – An engineer talk to make it easy”. 54th Annual Meeting of the AEPC. Dublin (Ireland). Oral

17-18 June 2023. Virtual Reality in Coronary Diagnostics. XI Bulgarian Course on Coronary Physiology and Physiology of the non-coronary vessels. Sofia (Bulgaria). Oral

27th August – 1st September 2023 “Vhearts: A Single Centre Experience Indeveloping, Testing And Implementing A Novel Virtual Reality Application For Enhancing The Anatomical Understanding Of Congenital Heart Diseases.” Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Washington (USA). Poster

27th August – 1st September 2023 “The Least Bad Option: Comparison Of Computed Tomography, 3-dimensional Reconstruction, And Virtual Reality For The Assessment Of Cardiac Injury And The Need For Peripheral Bypass In Redo Pediatric Cardiac Surgery” Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Washington (USA). Poster

20-22 September 2023. “VheaRts, unveiling lessons learned and future opportunities from a VR experience that enhances clinical planning and training in congenital diseases” ShiftMedical 2023. Heidelberg (Germany). Oral