Surgeons are embracing technology’s cutting edge, using the latest in augmented, virtual and mixed reality to transform medical training.
Among the devices the Royal College of Surgeons is planning to explore is the Microsoft HoloLens, a mixed reality headset, released to developers this year, which shows hovering 3D holograms.
The college said it was teaming up with education group Pearson to harness immersive technologies for training students.
Mark Christian, the global director of immersive learning at Pearson, said the HoloLens headset enabled them to explore the possibility of creating realistic holograms to allow students to practice surgical procedures.
He said the approach could avoid traditional cadaver-based training. “You have schools like Case Western Reserve University that have that as their stated goal – within two years to do away with wet labs,” he said. The potential for such technologies would be further boosted through the development of haptic technologies, which let wearers of the HoloLens and other devices, such as virtual reality headsets, experience other sensations, such as touch.