View a surgery live, in virtual reality

Back in 2014 when Google glass was filling the news, Shafi Ahmed, a surgeon at Barts NHS recorded the first ever surgery from a first-person point of view. The event was pretty monumental, as viewers could see exactly what it was like to perform a major surgery in a first-class institution. Now, the surgeon is back, but this time he’s streaming the surgery in full 360 degree space.

Using a variety of platforms, viewers can look around the surgery with a full range of view, checking out the tools being used by the surgeon and looking inside the patient being operated on. The event can be viewed within the Android or iOS apps provided by the Medical Realities, as well as on the official website. While the event isn’t being produced for surgical training in particular, that is one of the large benefits produced by streaming in virtual reality. While Google Glass was already a big step in allowing people to understand what it’s like to be a surgeon, virtual reality adds a whole new level of immersion. Because of the unique experience produced by filming the event in 360 degrees, students will be able to actually move their heads around to view exactly what actions are being performed from almost any angle.


It’s no wonder VR technology is getting plunged into the healthcare industry so soon. Since it is so incredibly immersive, it is widely regarded as one of the most technically useful utilizations of the technology. However, large industries like Healthcare often take some budging to adopt new methods and technologies, and Ahmed thinks individuals need to lead the charge to truely invoke change.

My view is that if you want technology to be part of healthcare, you make that change yourself. You control it, you show which way it’s going to go. They want us to challenge it and move it on. It’s actually up to all of us. To sit at the back and go, ‘Oh, I’m not going to change…’ well, you’ll be forced to change at some stage. The cost of admission is cheaper, it’s what patients want, so it’s going to happen within five or 10 years, regardless.

Even if the change is inevitable in the coming years, we can thank people like Shafi for moving the industry forward, one dimention at a time.

View the event live at 1PM PST April 14th, 2016

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via: Ars Technica

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