A Proposal: Train Surgeons Using Gaming Technology

At LES Glasgow, medical experts in the field of eye surgery are more than happy to help you regain your impaired vision. Eye surgery is one of the most common surgeries conducted these days and the number of practitioners who are engaged in this particular field of medicine has lately increased. Even in other surgical operations, there have been plenty of interested students. Today, different approaches in introducing the surgical lessons and operating patients have emerged. Recently, the so-called “virtual reality operation” has surfaced. This particular unique test is conduct as part of a study into how the virtual headset can benefit in conducting surgical trainings.

Gaming community enraged

In the first quarter of this year, Facebook acquired Oculus VR, the developers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. They acquired the technology for a total amount of $2 billion. This purchase angered the gaming community. According to the gaming community, the Rift is considered to be the next big evolution in gaming and the people in the industry did not welcome Facebook meddling with their businesses. They threw suspicions on the information giant.

For instance, right after the announcement that Rift was taken over by the people in Facebook, the creator of Minecraft immediately tweeted his resentments and said that he cancelled his deal to bring Minecraft with Rift. He added that the deal with Rift and Facebook scared him out.

People in the gaming world were unenthusiastic with the plans of Mark Zuckerberg of the technology. The social media giant seemed no longer interested that the primary interest of Rift be geared towards gaming. The Facebook CEO instead announced that the team would be making Oculus Rift as a new means of communication platform.

Virtual reality surgery

There are groups that have been experimenting with the technology within the context of medicine practices. Last month, surgeons, scientists and videographers collaborated together for the first ever “Oculus Rift operation”.

This project was conceived by a French engineer who is also a VR enthusiast, Remi Rousseau with the support of his physician wife. They both identified the potential of the technology to be a training machine for surgeons.

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