Many people today still think that Virtual Reality (VR) relates primarily to video games and museum & art gallery tours - the British Museum, for example, uses VR to transport visitors to the Bronze Age.
Such a limited understanding of this latest computer technology may change this week, when Mr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, will livestream globally in VR an operation to remove a tumour from the colon of a London man in his 70s.
Ahmed’s primary aim in using VR in this way is to further advance the training of surgeons worldwide, particularly in those parts of the world where there are insufficient resources to train them locally.
Want to watch? Follow this link to download the app http://www.medicalrealities.com
You’ll need a headset; follow this link to see a selection
As Catherine Stagg-Macey (a fellow Passler) said last month:
“VR should be a wake up call for us. It is another amazing example of human ingenuity.”
Medical students, surgeon wannabes or anybody who wants to see and hear what goes on in an operating theatre will be able to follow the two-hour intervention at close quarters, using Medical Realities' mobile app and a Cardboard headset. The video's main star, the patient, has consented to the initiative, and Ahmed describes him as "very supportive of how we are trying to teach medicine around the world."