Surgeon uses virtual reality to assist in operation thousands of miles away

Surgeon uses virtual reality to assist in operation thousands of miles away

The operation was completed despite doctors being miles away (Stock image)

Friday, January 12, 2018

A surgeon has been able to assist in an operation thousands of miles away from where it took place, using 3D imaging and virtual reality.

According to local media in China doctors completed a procedure on a bone fracture in Bortala in the north of the country.

However chief doctor Ye Zhewei was 2,300 miles away in Wuhan in another hospital, according to the South China Morning Post.

There he was able to use a virtual reality technology headset to mark a 3D image with information that the other surgeons could use in the operation.  

The patient told the Xinjiang Morning Post that the technology allowed her bones, nerves and muscle to shown in a 3D image.

The 59-year-old also revealed "it also helped me to understand my condition."

The chief doctor said money which would otherwise have been used to fly medical practitioners around the country had been saved, and the technology was better than using a webcam.

He believes the 3D imaging and virtual reality software will be used much more in future.

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