An article from Med-Tech News discussing the increasing use of virtual reality as a teaching tool within medical education.


In 2009, a Halifax-based professor of neurosurgery, Dr. David Clarke, performed the first-ever virtual reality (VR)-based simulated surgery to remove a brain tumour. In 2016, Dr. Shafi Ahmed created another landmark at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London by live-streaming a colon surgery. For the first time in the history of medical science, a 360-degree camera captured and live-streamed every moment of the surgery making it accessible to a large number of viewers across the globe.

Over the last decade, virtual reality has become a game-changer for the healthcare industry in more than one way. But come 2020 and its adoption rate has seen a massive rise with every hospital or medical university rushing to implement VR applications to train professionals, perform surgery, or provide medical education remotely.

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