Frequently asked questions

In what fields did virtual reality turn out to be an effective teaching method?
VR has been applied in the following fields:
  • flight and railway simulations;
  • architectural visualization and professional design tools;
  • for therapeutic uses (e.g. in exposure therapy);
  • CPR simulation;
  • astronaut training simulation;
  • mergency simulation drills, e.g. in case of fire.
Coming across a congenital defect in a fetal heart while performing a routine prenatal ultrasound may prove stressful to obstetricians. They can easily panic or make a mistake which could have serious consequences. Therefore, simulating such situations is essential for both less experienced as well as more seasoned doctors. The latter can test their reaction time that it takes to diagnose the problem.  
Is it important to diagnose CHD before birth?
Yes. CHD is the second cause of infant mortality right after premature birth. Diagnosing CHD before birth allows for arranging the delivery at a hospital which can provide appropriate medical care and treatment of CHD. However, there are few centers which specialize in this particular area and, therefore, it is necessary to plan such a delivery beforehand.
How good are physicians in detecting Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) prenatally?
Detection rate (DR) before birth is approximately 30-40%. As per American research covering patients born in the USA between 2006 and 2012, detection rate calculated over a ten-year period was around 34% on average. According to this study, DR increased from 26% in 2006 to 42% in 2012. However, in medicine screening tests are considered effective only if DR is above 70%.