A new study aimed to develop a new way to learn surgical techniques using VR simulation. Immersive 3D video was captured during 20 surgical performances by experienced surgeons and students were able to observe and learn from these films using a VR headset. Whether this method provides measurable benefit to surgical students has not yet been determined. “This new approach enhances the understanding of surgery; most of the surgeons appreciated its pedagogic value. This method could be an effective learning tool in the future,” the authors conclude.
Ros M, Trives JV, Lonjon N. From stereoscopic recording to virtual reality headsets: Designing a new way to learn surgery. Neurochirurgie. 2017;16:1-5.