Virtual and Augmented Reality Can Help Save Lives through Improving Surgeon Training

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For years in aviation, pilots have been trained on flight simulators using virtual reality (VR), and later, augmented reality (AR), with much success.

Complicated technologies found in the cockpits and within the avionics of aircraft are replicated through simulators, allowing pilots to train as much as needed before they take on the real thing when they are ready.

Surgeons such as Justin Barad, M.D. wish that there were better ways to practice procedures before they are done in the operating room, just like pilots are able to do before they fly an airplane.

Can this concept be replicated in medicine? Studies have shown that simulator training has helped reduce the number of airline fatalities. With errors as the third leading cause of medical deaths, VR and AR are helping to reduce this number.

“VR has revolutionized simulation by being more accessible, effective and affordable,” said Barad. “Its portability and ease-of-use open the door for practicing skills and techniques anytime, anywhere.”

Using AR during surgery can create navigation solutions during complex procedures and collection of video data to assess surgical skills.

“If we don’t solve problems related to training and assessment, we may be delaying or even shutting down promising emerging medical technologies,” said Barad.

Learn more by reading Barad’s full article on STAT at

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