The Potential of Virtual Reality in Medical Education and Training

Great use of AR and VR.

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This blog post was written by Bryan Chew Jun Wei, a student at Leicester Medical School, who is a member of the student group MedRIFT — Medical Research into Future Technologies.

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The use of Virtual Reality (VR) in industries apart from gaming has increased exponentially which can be attributed to the development of head mounted displays (HMD) such as Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Some of these are user-friendly and affordable (Google Cardboard: ₤3); with the only catch being the requirement of a smart phone as well. We are all familiar with the recent hype about 360° pictures and videos on Youtube, Facebook and other social media platforms. However, we also need to realise its enormous potential in the field of medicine.

Think for a moment how the different organs, vessels and nerves are orientated in the abdominal and pelvic cavity…

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