Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are revolutionising the world of medical surgical training opening unexplored scenarios. Nowadays, VR-enhanced medical training finds its real application in many fields and sectors.
It is necessary to use new tools to work on an accurate representation of the human anatomy and with which it is possible to learn and simulate all the procedures necessary to achieve the best results.
Benefits of VR training
Robotics and virtual reality technologies certainly make training more immersive and interactive and, in some ways, more effective for future surgeons.
- Being able to recreate interactive and complex environments that mimic the real situation and have numerous viewing angles, through organ rotations
- Interact with a virtual human body to explore surgical anatomy and numerous diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- To be able to practice with many simulations and repeat the procedure to gain fluency
- Increase involvement, concentration and motivation through total immersiveness and interactivity
Case of success
In 2017, the Johnson & Johnson Institute, launched a process to improve the training of surgeons by developing VR experiences to train them to implant orthopedic devices through the Oculus for Business platform.
Osso VR has developed the training programme whereby surgeons have the opportunity to wear the Oculus Quest visor and learn the steps of a procedure in a virtual reality context, zeroing in on the risks for patients.
Following a simulated tibia surgery, data analysed by the company showed that medical students who had been trained with the Osso developer scored higher than those who had received traditional, passive training.
The highest demand for this training system occurred during the pandemic period by several academic medical centers that were looking for a solution to continue training residents at a time when surgeries had been canceled.
Thanks to the portability of the Oculus Quest visor and the support of Osso VR, Sandra Humbles, Vice President of Global Education Solutions for the US multinational pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, then decided to quickly extend their VR training platform to make innovative learning available to all surgeons in all hospitals around the world for better work optimisation and efficiency.
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