History of virtual reality and augmented reality in neurosurgical training

Knowledge of the history and conceptual underpinnings of these technologies is useful to understand their current and future applications to neurosurgical training. The technological precursors for VR and AR were introduced as early as the 1800s, and draw from the fields of entertainment, flight simulation, and education. However, computer software and processing speeds needed to … Read more

Virtually painless: How some Canadian surgeons are using VR to manage patient pain

Having patients wear a virtual reality headset during more minor procedures such as mass removal or hand surgery, has shown a real improvement in patient pain as well, Austin says.  “Some of these procedures can be very short … 10 or 15 minutes, while others can be very long…one or two hours,” Austin explained. “They … Read more

Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces

In virtual reality, a technology that produces a virtual 3D environment for the user, the team created an interactive space where students could have a hands-on — virtually speaking — experience with food to learn about portion control, as well as a lecture-based lesson that was designed to replicate how an instructor would teach a … Read more

UCL Transforms Modern Surgical Training with ARuVR and HTC VIVE

Clinicians and surgeons taking UCL’s Advanced Minimally-Invasive Surgery (AMIS), MSc programme are undergoing practical-based, innovative, and remote training to gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills in this specialised field. In the past, teaching complex technologies and techniques for best-in-class medical procedures required live surgery environments, to maximise engagement and retention. Source: UCL Transforms Modern Surgical Training … Read more