UK Air World's First Live Virtual Reality Operation

Posted: Apr 15 2016, 10:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

UK Air World's First Live Virtual Reality Operation
  • The First VR Surgical Operation in the Global Village is Aired Live

It so happens to be the case that the very first VR surgical operation in the global village was aired live.

At the Royal London Hospital, an operation took place awhile ago that was a unique experiment in computer science. A patient lay on a stretcher and he awaited a surgeon who would remove a tumor from his bowel.

The usual team of assistants were gathered all around the two. The machines also hummed and whirred in their steady drone. Everybody was alert to do their job.

However, there is an individual who is free from this compulsion of doing anything. He is a mere spectator to the whole procedure. This person is actually not even present at the event. He is in fact sitting in his office chair gazing at the scenes in the operation theater.

This special surgical procedure was streamed live in the form of a 360 degree video clip. This of course allowed medical students, trainee surgeons and other members of the general public to view the process of benignly invading the human body from elsewhere.

Medicalrealities website lent this worm’s eye view into the inner wonders of the human body. There was a one minute mismatch in the actuality and relay of the process to make space for any mishaps.

This thing could make healthcare an equality-based affair. The training of surgeons would also benefit from this. Since the Net was now almost free of cost and smartphones were dirt cheap, the detailed insight into a surgical operation was possible for the public.

All that was needed was a cardboard box and a pair of lens to create the ideal VR device. VR stands for virtual reality. It allows simulated reality to surround the individual like an artificial environment.

The good thing was that this procedure was quite reasonable in its cost-effectiveness. According to the Guardian, two cameras caught the action as it took place live. Those who didn’t own the VR headset could see the footage live online.

As the ins and outs and ABCs of surgical procedure continue apace the world of medical enthusiasts watch in amazement at the bowel surgery in its intricate details.

It is not that such videos have not been made in the past. They definitely have been made. The thing is that live transmission on a one-to-one basis is a rare thing and that mission has been accomplished today.

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