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A medical student training in virtual reality.

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to fill the gap left by a lack of opportunity for in-person dissections.

Credit: Seksan Mongkhonkhamsao/Moment/Getty Images Plus

Covid-19 means many medical students will not be on campus in the fall; in response, some schools will use virtual reality (VR) to enable cadaver dissection.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine uses HoloAnatomy software that runs on Microsoft's mixed-reality HoloLens headset, which allows students to dissect parts of the "holo body" virtually and zoom in on intricate details.

In a recent study at Case Western Reserve, exam scores among students who learned upper and lower limb anatomy through cadaver dissection and mixed reality education, and those who learned entirely on an actual cadaver, were statistically indistinguishable.

Stanford University School of Medicine's Scott Ceresnak, who worked on the development of the Stanford Virtual Heart, which runs on the Oculus Rift VR headset, said the technology enables users to appreciate anatomy in a "completely different, new, novel way."

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