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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work


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A trainee using Osso VR.

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.

Credit: Osso VR

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures, with the Osso VR company offering surgeons on-demand information and training through virtual reality (VR) headsets.

Osso VR allows trainees to refine their surgical skills by operating on virtual patients, and a multiplayer component lets surgeons collaborate in VR; the program also features embedded analytics to objectively measure a user's surgical performance.

Meanwhile, game studio Schell Games is developing a mobile game to train emergency room doctors, with the University of Pittsburgh's Deepika Mohan.

Developer Level Ex offers free hyper-realistic simulations for on-the-go engagement with doctors, including one designed to train for medical procedures in space by modeling the body's physiological and anatomical changes in low gravity.

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