VR, AR and its Future Role in Surgery

From VR Medicine News–Two review articles published this week in the Annals of Translational Medicine focus on the role of VR in surgery. One of the studies1, led by Wee Sim Khor, MD, with the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK, reviews some of the the potential areas of development in the surgical arena as well as legal aspects of its use.  The other study2, led by Ido Badash, a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, describes the past, present and future of surgery simulation, including 3D printing, AR, and VR. Advances in surgical simulation, Badash and colleagues note, will “strengthen the surgeon’s skill set, decrease hospital costs, and improve patient outcomes.” Both full text articles are available at the links below.

1.  Khor WS, Baker B, Amin K, Chan A, Patel K, Wong J. Augmented and virtual reality in surgery-the digital surgical environment: applications, limitations and legal pitfalls. Ann Transl Med. 2016 Dec;4(23):454. doi: 10.21037/atm.2016.12.23.
2. Badash I, Burtt K, Solorzano CA, Carey JN. Innovations in surgery simulation: a review of past, current and future techniques. Ann Transl Med. 2016;4(23):453. doi: 10.21037/atm.2016.12.24.