At the London Wearable Technology Show today, Medical Realities announced their first product, ‘The Virtual Surgeon’. This is the first time anybody has captured a 360 degree video recording of a medical operation, designed to be viewed in virtual reality in the UK. The procedure was a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy and was performed at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London.
Steve Dann, co-founder of Medical Realities said “I’m extremely excited about how Augmented and Virtual Reality can now be used for training in the medical sector. Our use of these emerging technologies provide a real breakthrough in the creation and distribution of realistic medical training ‘on demand’ anywhere, any time.“.
By creating ‘The Virtual Surgeon’, we hope we can kickstart a new teaching training model that will be adopted as part of a routine education tool in the future. Today’s trainees are young, innovative and eager to adopt new technologies in the educating workspace, which means they are able to pick up the skills necessary and even help to develop techniques moving forward.
Over the next few months we will continue to build upon and add value to The Virtual Surgeon and expect to make a public distribution of the application available in the coming weeks.