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Watch a live surgery take place in virtual reality on April 14th

By Shawn Knight
Apr 11, 2016
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  1. Cutting-edge technology has a way of snaking itself into the medical field. Over the past few years, for example, we’ve seen 3D printers used to create prescription medication, prosthetic limbs, casts, replacement bones, homemade cosmetic braces and even cartilage implants.

    Now, we’re beginning to see some of the ways that virtual reality will impact modern medicine with a company by the name of Medical Realities leading the way.

    Co-founded by Dr. Shafi Ahmed, Medical Realities is a medical training firm that specializes in virtual reality, augmented reality and serious games using consumer-level devices like the Oculus Rift. In just a few days, he and his team of medical professionals will be livestreaming the removal of a tumor from the colon of a man in his 70s.

    The operation is said to be of low risk although the fact that it’ll be streamed live (well, almost live) in 4K over the Internet will no doubt add a bit of pressure to the otherwise standard affair.

    Ahmed believes AR and VR will play a major role in operating rooms of the future. That’s why he’s inviting medical students and anyone else that wants a front-row seat to join along as spectators during the procedure.

    As Wired notes, the patient has consented to having the procedure viewed by potentially millions of people. And in the event that things don’t go as planned, the feed will be on a delay of about one minute.

    Anyone interested in viewing the April 14 surgery is encouraged to download the Medical Realities mobile app and acquire a Cardboard-style headset for viewing.

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  2. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    This is so 'Ghost in the Shell' seeing Motko run around in the action scenes with a unit like that on her face. Hope all goes well for the patient and the technology
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    Cause of death, from posthumous log: VR lag.
     
  4. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Addict Posts: 142   +57

    Next year: Twitch Plays Surgeon Simulator
     
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,662   +769

    Well, here is an application that I certainly see some positive benefits to! Much like flight simulators for pilots that give you all the feel without risking a multi-million dollar aircraft. We can only hope they continue to develop it and for other purposes like auto repair, construction & repairs, safe cracking .... oh wait, better scratch that last one ......
     

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