Through extended reality technology, patients with skin cancer can see what their face will look like after facial reconstruction. It should restore the shape and function of the face. The technology can prepare patients mentally, but also be useful in helping them decide what kind of reconstruction is best for the patient.
Seeing is Believing
The technology is now being further developed under the name Seeing is Believing. Initiator Corten was inspired by apps such as Snapchat and Face Swap, she said in a message from Erasmus MC. “With millions of existing photos of ‘normal’ faces, algorithms have been developed that allow you to apply a filter to your own face. Then you suddenly have funny glasses on, or stars in your eyes. Or you look thirty years younger. Or thirty years older. In theory, you should also be able to show what your face looks like after a surgical reconstruction.”
Other patient groups in which expectation management and the visual end result of their face or body play an important role can also benefit from the project in the long term.