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Oculus Rift Puts Medical Students in the Operating Room

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is largely associated with immersive gaming, but it could eventually help save lives. A group of medical professionals filmed an entire surgery using a Go Pro Dual Hero head-mounted camera, resulting in a 3D video that medical students can watch in order to get a virtual taste of the operating room.

Financed by Paris' Moveo Foundation, the project is a collaboration between virtual reality expert Remi Rousseau and Dr. Thomas Gregory. Dr. Gregory recorded the entire duration of a hip replacement operation, with the Dual Hero capturing a 180-degree viewpoint for students to watch on an Oculus Rift.

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Oculus Rift Surgery

"When you're attending a procedure as an assistant ... it's very hard to concentrate on the surgery itself, and it can be difficult to follow what's going on exactly, because you don't see what the surgeon sees," said surgeon-in-training Eric Sali, in Moveo's video of the operation.

Moveo hopes to fix this by putting prospective surgeons in the shoes of a professional. The company's spin-off branch, Surgevry, plans to eventually broadcast live operations for educational viewing. 

If you're lucky enough to own one of the Oculus Rift development kits, and aren't too squeamish, you can download the full experience from Moveo's website.

Mark Zuckerberg promised a wealth of new social and entertainment experiences when Facebook bought Oculus VR earlier this year. He might not have envisioned Oculus in the operating room, but it's good to see the medical industry use the immersive tech for good.

via Moveo Foundation

Mike Andronico is an associate editor at Tom's Guide. He thinks Oculus Rift is pretty neat. Follow Mike @MikeAndronico and on Google+. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook and on Google+

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    bunga28 , August 15, 2014 2:35 PM
    Watching on video is nothing like being in the OR. You can feel/see the patient's vitals, hold the slimy instruments, see the pulsating arteries and where the bleeding is, if any.... But this is close to being there.
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    virtualban , August 17, 2014 11:37 PM
    Quote:
    Watching on video is nothing like being in the OR. You can feel/see the patient's vitals, hold the slimy instruments, see the pulsating arteries and where the bleeding is, if any.... But this is close to being there.

    Watching on video is nothing like being in the porn set... :p 
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