FEB 20, 2016 06:26 AM PST
Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Medicine and Surgery
WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham
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Virtual reality is not just for gamers - in the medical world, virtual and 3-D technologies are transforming how doctors train and conduct complex procedures in their patients. With virtual reality viewers, imaging styluses, and other software that provide tactile and multi-dimensional feedback, doctors can be immersed in medicine like they've never been before.

The potential for learning and improving is tremendous when doctors can practice their procedures via simulations. In a study, researchers reported virtual simulations reduce surgical planning time by 40% and increased surgical accuracy by 10%. This improvement is huge, especially in a field where accuracy is vital but time is extremely limited. Undeniably, the human body is truly complex and no virtual simulation device can encapsulate every intricacies. However, the ability to train and prepare on 3D imaging technologies could aid doctors for when they encounter the real procedure in the flesh.

Watch the video to learn more about how virtual reality technologies allow doctors to see patients and their conditions on a whole different reality.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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