posted on May, 11 2005 @ 07:51 AM
Just as pilots and astronauts train heavily on simulators, doctors are now getting the chance to hone their skills using virtual reality before ever
placing their hands on the real patient. New technology is being applied to creating lifelike dummies, as well, that can be sutured and intubated and
surgically repaired, displaying all the appropriate vital signs and complications the surgeon might expect from performing a real operation on a live
Practical applications for the Visible Human database are being discovered almost daily. At the present time, surgical simulators are showing the
greatest promise. Just as simulators have become a standard in the fields of aviation and aerospace, surgical simulators will be a standard in the
field of medicine. They will teach correct procedures to physicians in training, before they ever have to cut on a live patient. And practicing
surgeons will also find these tools useful for honing skills they already possess and for developing new techniques.
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This is a great application of VR tech. With the trend toward non-invasive procedures and the like, surgery may well become more like a video game.
This can't but help doctors be better prepared, especially surgeons and emergency workers, for the challenges they face caring for their patients.
The possibilities for the application of VR tech in the medical field seem limitless, indeed.
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