Startup Lets Doctors Practice Surgery With Medical VR
Virtual reality training could change the way medical professionals are taught
London-based FundamentalVR aims to revolutionize how surgeons learn their craft using a VR headset and a stylus. The first medical VR simulation tackles injecting a drug during a knee replacement surgery to provide post-operative pain relief. It will be introduced in several US hospitals in the coming months.
While the VR goggles visualize the operating room environment, the stylus can gives haptic feedback to recreate the feel of different layers of tissue. This is achieved by the motors in the stylus exerting more resistance depending on the layer the virtual syringe is pushing against, be it skin, muscle or bone.