‘Heartbits’ project uses 3D printed models & VR to show patients their heart defects

'Heartbits' project uses 3D printed models & VR to show patients their heart defects

Students from three Dutch universities have developed “Heartbits,” a 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) tool for visually explaining heart defects to patients. Heartbits was initially a VR project developed with a Microsoft Hololens headset, but now also includes 3D printed models. For both doctors and patients, serious discussions about heart conditions can be difficult: not only because of the sometimes bad news being delivered, but also because it’s hard to explain complex heart problems in non-specialist terms. Students from three Dutch universities—TU Delft, Leiden University, and the University of Wageningen—have therefore come up with a better way for […]

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