Using Virtual Reality (VR) Models for Preoperative Planning


About this study

A prospective, randomized, controlled study designed to assess whether digital virtual reality (VR) models, created from existing CT scans and MRIs, provide surgeons with an improved understanding of their patients' anatomy, resulting in more efficient operations (robotic partial nephrectomy) and improved patient care.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject is undergoing robotic partial nephrectomy being performed by participating surgeon
  • Subject is willing to be randomized between intervention and control arms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cases involving subjects who are minors, pregnant or require an authorized representative for informed consent
  • Cases in which the subject has a solitary or horseshoe kidney
  • Cases in which the subject has more than two masses in the applicable kidney
  • Cases involving a bilateral operation

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

David Thiel, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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